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Monday, September 06, 2004

 

Parents Need To Be Parents

Not So Fast, a North Idaho blog, points us to this article about overindulged children.

A quote from the article:

"It's almost like parents have lost their parenting skills," says Marsha Moritz, 54, who helped found the Parent Engagement Network, a support group in Boulder, Colo. "They want to be their kids' best friend and make sure they're having fun, but what the kids really need is for parents to be parents."

It's sad that she has to state the obvious.

More from the article:

Start teaching kids about what's really important—values like hard work, delayed gratification, honesty and compassion.

And while you're at it, teach them about respect for others. I'm tired of 10-year-olds who think they have more rights than me.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the average American child sees more than 40,000 commercials a year. That's in addition to fast-food outlets in schools, product placements in TV shows and movies, even corporate sponsorship of sports stadiums. "There's virtually no escape from it," says Susan Linn, a Harvard psychologist and the author of "Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood." "The marketers call it 'cradle-to-grave brand loyalty.' They want to get kids from the moment they're born."

With apologies to Shakespeare, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the marketers."


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