Look, I'm flying!
A snippet of conversation this weekend reminded me that I already had the pics for a post like this.
"Oooh", and I called out the name of a well known stuffed animal.My young trendy friend made a a horizontal hand gesture that means in the US: cut it off/out.
"Eh?" I was puzzled.
"No, Kyle doesn't like Fluffy FiFi anymore."
"Why not?" I queried. " It was not that long ago that he loved that animal."
"Because I heard Fefe say words that were not so nice."
"Oh, I understand." I trusted my friend's judgment. I'm not up on the latest with how animals behave in stories and shows.
But this is what I like to say to the story and film makers, as well as to the makers of toys.
A very simple concept: children imitate!
cool shades like grandpa
cool shades like grandpa
Children imitate even cross-gender wise!
This little 3-year old (5th grand child) kept grabbing my hat, till his mom got him his own!
Then he wanted to be in the pic with Nana)
Haven't we had enough toys that lead to violence in boys?
The boys of today are the men of tomorrow!!
So sad to see young preteen girls struggling with anorexia, because of a certain doll they were given. Don't excuse yourself by saying that the ones in which it happened were disturbed, and it was not the toy you invented.
Your toy or show or writing helped steer innocent children in the direction of the abyss.
I know it is strong language, but nothing is sadder and more easy to prevent this by making toys that
inspire to creativity
inspire to healthy fantasy
are fun and innocent
Especially the last. I think that some think that that is not possible, and they will be beat by the competition. What legacy do you want to leave?
Being a money-grabbing, greedy walk-over-dead-bodies toymaker, author or film maker, or one who is creative and inspired children to follow their dreams and become something beyond what their parents reached in life, without elbowing to the top?
When my oldest, who is now a mother herself, was in preschool (loooong time ago), she was a participant in a study to lengthen the attention span in preschool children. One activity was "washing rocks." So I was glad to see that not too long ago I saw a store that had a game "to paint rocks."
The best toys are not the pricey gadgets or the latest video/screen games (they don't inspire to creative thinking, but to follow directions!!)
things we use in everyday life, like boxes (first pic),
cloth, or things around the house,
and which one sees in nature like rocks, pine cones, etc.
MEANING it does not have to cost a lot of money to occupy a child
Parents even have a bigger responsibility. I'm the last one to say that that is easy. It's a very complex task. Something may be okay as a toy,
but then when it appears on TV or a DVD, they can take a total different direction with it than the original toy/figure.
The responsibility to keep saying "NO" to toys that lead to destroying ingenuity and creativity.
To be a watchdog for any writing or viewing material that is inappropriate for kids.
Someone labeled PG13, but you are the one who has to check if it's really 13!
Don't roll your eyes and say, "I don't have time to check everything they're watching or with whom they are playing."
As long as your child lives at home, he or she lives by YOUR rules. But are you setting the boundaries?
A child may scream "I hate you", but in their twenties they may say, "Thank you for not..."
Try to ask yourself "what is BEHIND this game, what is the consequence of this game?
But EVERYONE's kids has "them." You are not everyone. Have some spine. Love does not mean that you give your child everything they want, or even that you help them belong to the "popular" crowd. Anyone who has become well known AND had stamina, had to give up something "everyone" did or had.
Love means that you help them develop beyond where you have come - in any aspect of life!
This may sting a little or even a lot, but I hope you can see that I am an advocate of the children!