Do Your Kids Have A TV
In Their Bedroom?
When it's time for your kids to go to bed, do they go right to sleep? Or do you let your kids watch TV in their bedrooms until they fall asleep?
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It's nighttime. It's time for bed.
You bring your kids up to brush their teeth, put on their jammies and tuck them into bed.
Question: Do you let your kids watch TV in their bedroom until they fall asleep?
I hate to admit this, but yes, we let the boys watch TV in their bedroom. They all have a TV in their bedrooms and every single night, the TV goes on until they fall asleep.
I started doing this when I had William seven years ago. We were living in NYC, had a one-bedroom apartment and he used to only fall asleep to a Baby Einstein DVD.
Then Alex was born, then Ben and then Henry -- four kids, all under 3 years old. I kept thinking that if it worked for William, it will work for the rest of them (which I needed it to do), and it did.
When we tuck them in at night, the TV goes on and it soothes them. They don't come downstairs or bother each other, they just veg out and zone into a show. After about an hour, they're all asleep. I know it's not great at all, but it's working for us right now and I don't want to mess that up.
While I admit that my three daughters (ages 4, 2 and 1) may watch TV a tad more than they should (I need to cook dinner!), we don't allow televisions in their bedrooms.
From the start, their bedrooms have always been a place to rest or sleep and doesn't contain toys, electronics or anything other than some books and their furniture. It may sound funny, but their bedrooms are places of relaxation and retreat -- which is how we view our own bedroom, too (and they are excellent sleepers, which I like to think has something to do with this).
We also feel that we can monitor what they're watching and how long they're watching when the TV is in a public room and not behind closed doors. It's the same reason we'll always have a computer in a public room, as well. We're hoping to continue this rule as they grow older!
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