We don't have a television (we are not some creepy culty people ). I'm really too busy to watch much TV, and prefer to read a lot instead. SO doesn't watch TV at all. So we never bought one. My kid has a DVD player on his computer which he uses to watch movies, National Geographic or PBS and other kid DVDs. How much do you think television has influenced your kids' lives? How much are the things they want (material goods) influenced by what they see on television? Do you wish your kids watched TV more/less?