Kudos to you !!
We, too, did not have one until our boys were 12 and we got one for watching the summer Olympics.
After that, it was always a struggle: "no TV until your room is clean" - and all their things got stuffed and hastily thrown out of sight .... "no TV until your homework is done" - and suddenly they had less homework, or it got done hastily with no concentration.
TV's luring effect on the brain has been well-known for decades. The only way we could combat it was by disconnecting it and storing it out of sight where it would have to be lugged out and set onto a table to turn it on.
All three of our kids did well in school (one got perfect SAT scores twice), and they also had time for the City Youth Orchestra, swim team, other sports, and volunteering as scouts with the Fire Dept.
TV and video games would have nixed that, I expect.
They all got full ride scholarships & they're now successful adults.
at 7:54 PM on Jan. 13, 2010