I love watching commercials sometimes, they can be very entertaining or informative depending on the product and how it is being marketed. I confess that a few commercials out there are grating on my nerves, meaning I can’t stand them.
I won’t name any product names, but these commercials just bother me because of how they are promoting things. The first is with a mother and her son shopping at a store and he says, “Mom can I have a snack?” The mom goes about her business shopping while the kid is running beside the basket and riding on the basket all through the store saying, “pleeeeeaaaaaseeeee.” The camera shows other customers and the checkers at the registers looking around to see who is making the noise. Finally, instead of answering, the mom grabs the product off the shelf and hands it to the kid, he says “thanks, mom,” and runs off as she smiles.
SERIOUSLY? I find this commercial annoying. Mostly because it shows a mom giving in to unacceptable behavior and actually rewarding it with a smile! Gee, “thanks, Mom,” you’re creating yet another entitled kid that will think that it’s fine to whine and be annoying to get what he wants.
The other commercials that drive me nuts are the ones where the mom is talking at her daughter and tells her that she knows she should be talking to her about online etiquette and texting. The mom stands there talking while the daughter looks at her with a blank expression on her face. The mom laughs and says “we’re going to laugh and carry on like we are having the best time, then we’re going to wait until your father comes home.” I believe there are two different versions of this commercial.
I am appalled. Those commercials do not entertain or amuse me, they make me want to shake the mom and say, “wake up and take an interest in your kids life!” I turned in disgust and asked my teenagers if that was even remotely true, do any of their friends have parents that act that way? To my horror both shook their head yes. I think I sat with my mouth open for a while pondering that one. It really shocked me, I had to ask them twice if they were kidding.
I just don’t understand what could be so hard to talk to your kids about. Perhaps I am odd, but I started talking to my kids about drugs and sex (age appropriate) very young. I worked in a daycare and I knew that if you don’t tell them, the other kids will and the information they receive will be scattered and wrong, so my approach has been to tell them first and if they had questions – no matter what it was about – I would answer and if I didn’t know, then we would look it up. This taught them early on to not follow the crowd, but stop, think about what’s being said, check it out and see if it’s true, then decide based on facts not “say so.”
The world is a dangerous and harsh place and though I do believe 100% that childhood should be protected and treasured, I also knew that I didn’t want my kids to go out into the world as innocent and naïve as I was. My hope is that they will be better prepared to face the future, better informed, to stand firm against peer pressure – not because of just faith or belief, but with facts to hold on to as well, and to make better decisions to live a healthier, fulfilling and prosperous life.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your children about anything. They are YOUR children and if you don’t talk to them someone else will, that person may not share your values or beliefs. So if each of us makes our decisions based on our experience, what we know to be true and our support systems, how can one expect their children to make informed and intelligent choices without the information and support they need to do so?
Cherry Coley ©