I also think the earlier (not at four or five) but at eight or nine, is a good time to get a television in a childâs room. My parents never let me eat McDonalds when I was a child. So, as soon as I moved out, I was eating McDonalds at least three times a week. To actually give my daughter a television in her room BEFORE she starts begging for one, or feels like sheâs missing out on something, means that it will just become a normal thing, something she isnât craving or begging for.
This does work on my daughter.
I always had candies and chocolates out since she was little. Because of that, she doesnât think chocolate is a big deal, so donât even try and bribe her with that because she doesnât give a damn about chocolate. I never used candy as a bribe, just like I wonât use television as a bribe. (Aside from getting her INTO bed.)
Of course, I will have to see how this plays out. Who knows? Maybe she will sneak and turn on the television late at night. But I know my daughter and I just donât think thatâs going to happen. While sheâs excited about having a television in her room, she isnât THAT excited. She doesnât really talk about it at all.
My daughter, too, is the type of person who needs some down time alone. She doesnât need to be around me all the time. So if she chooses to go to her room to watch a little television after a long day of school and then dance lessons, so be it. I didnât make the whole âYouâre-getting-a-television-in-your-bedroomâ a big deal. I just did it, without any conversation with her about it before it happened. She just came home from school and it was there.
There have been no discussions about âIf you donât keep up with your school work then the television is gone!â I think sheâs smart enough to know this without me having to say so.
I hope she enjoys having a television in her room. I know I will if I never have to hear the theme song to A.N.T. Farm again. Itâs a win-win situation if you ask me.