What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Saw this on PunditKitchen.com

Thought it was a good one.........

edward r. murrow

Sometimes I wonder if old Edward R. is rolling over in his grave over what constitutes news nowadays.......

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CCFC Slideshows on Advertising to Children

CCFC Slideshows on Advertising to Children

Part I
Part II

Now, don't get me wrong. I am not one of those parents that will blame the media for all the worlds woes. I don't blame McDonald's for my youngest having to struggle with his weight. That is on me. On me for allowing him to sit and play his video games instead of going outside. On me for caving when he said he wanted McDonald's instead of insisting on healthier choices. As a parent, I now have to watch him work hard to lose the extra weight he gained, knowing I helped him get there. His father and I finally had to put our foot down or we were going to watch our son get more and more unhealthy. It is hard, however, to keep this healthy lifestyle going when a child is bombarded with food ads every 5 minutes on TV.

Which brings us to TV limits. I think that this is one of the best ways to go if one wishes to have a healthy, well-adjusted, non-materialistic child.

Just my opinion......

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood

This organization has been in the news lately due to it's recent crowning of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Barbie as the worst toy of the year and speaking out against the fact that at least 1/3 of items in the Scholastic Book Club flyers at schools are not books, but toys. The CCFC was also the organization that filed with the FTC over the Baby Einstein series.

I had to check this organization out, mostly because I wanted to see if they were one of those alarmist, overprotective agencies that scope out Disney movies for naughty words in the grass. What I found on this site was actually eye opening.

Even before finding this site, I have wondered about what is happening to our kids today. Yes, I know, I know...every generation says, "I just don't know about kids today!!" but having worked with children in the past and presently, I am concerned. Part of the reason I pursued a career in child care and early childhood teaching is because I always thought it was refreshing how children see the world with new eyes, how everything is fresh and new to them and through them, no matter how jaded one becomes, the world still seems magical.

Sometimes I wonder if the only age group that applies to is infants and toddlers because quite honestly I feel that our children are becoming jaded themselves.
These are some of the things I have noticed:

No matter how small the girl, she seems to have on low rise pants. Sometimes the added disaster of words on their ass are present. Why am I seeing more and more little girls dressing like hoochie mamas? I saw a little girl at the mall in high heels during Christmas Break. No..she wasn't wearing a dress and there were HEELS...big girl heels made for a little foot.

I have seem so many kids with Nintendo DS's or cell phones at the table in restaurants, that I want to scream!

Many children don't know how to play creatively anymore. Trust me, I have seen it. Give them free reign with arts and crafts or a box of loose Legos and some of them look at you like you are asking them to explain Einstein equations. They simply don't know how to freely create without a Lego Set with instructions to tell them what to create. Look at many of the Legos and Lincoln Log Sets....there is no room for free creativity, just the one creation. I took all of my sons Lego kits and threw them into one box....they had no choice but to get creative with them.

Recently I presented a paper house craft to a group of 2-6th graders, thinking it would be pretty cool for them to color, cut, and assemble them. Most of them turned up their noses and said "Ummm, no!" Afterwards, I overheard one say, "I'm bored" while they other said, "Well, duh...there's nothing to do!"
I have been on a mission lately to bring things back to basics in my house. I have been noticing a disturbing trend in television geared towards children. I have to completely agree with the CCFC....through our children, advertisers and companies are trying to create super consumers. Just today, I asked my son to watch some Cartoon Network and tally up how many commercials directed towards children to buy something were present. In 45 minutes he counted 19 with averages to about 2 ads per minute. This was around noon so I imagine after 5pm, it amps up even more.

So what do we do as parents? Well, since I have expressed my new direction for this blog, I will post what I as one parent is doing to counteract consumerism in my household and how I am trying to bring us back to basics.

However, right now, I need to close as this post is long and it is getting late.

Take care all and good night.

Monday, February 23, 2009

I'm Back!

myself Pictures, Images and Photos

Yes, I know...it isn't like the Queen of England or Angelina Jolie has come back after a long absence...just little old me with my little old blog that a very few seem to read, but I do like writing...it has been my passion since I was a child, so I continue when the mood strikes me.

On my last post, I mentioned that I was going to put more work into my homeschool blog, but I have since dismantled that blog. To me, blogging on two blogs is a bit too much. I had originally decided to go with the two because I wanted to put out informative information on homeschooling, but feared that my politics might turn some people off, so I had the two, keeping my politics and my homeschooling separate, for the most part. Then I thought to myself that this is me....mother, homeschooling parent, liberal, political...the list goes on, and why not put it all in one spot. So one change you will see is more of my homeschooling adventures with my boys.

I also plan on posting more of my photos that I take as I move about Northern NY. Some may find it dull, but others, like my friend in Tennessee, may find it a hoot that I trudge through snow 6 months out of the year.

This blog will continue it's same Aimless Wanderings, maybe even more so, but this is me, and so it is.