But tell teens they can’t watch TV, and they may just go to a friend’s house and watch. Or they’ll pout.
So, do restrict TV viewing, but also take a tip from veteran English teacher Mary Leonhardt, and “wage a little guerrilla warfare.”
- Have only one TV. Put it in the living room or den. Then if your teen is grouchy and wants privacy, she’ll have to go somewhere else—away from the TV.
- Don’t have a TV in the kitchen. Have a bookcase instead, filled with comics, magazines, books and newspapers. Then put out the word that all snacks have to be eaten in the kitchen. But don’t explain that this is so your daughter will read while she snacks.
- Never dream of putting a TV in your child’s bedroom. You want your teen to fall asleep over books.
- Record interesting (and educational shows) with your DVR. See if you can get interest in these shows.
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