Tag: children

The dangers of turning our children into rampant consumers

June 16, 2008 | By | 8 Replies More
The dangers of turning our children into rampant consumers

On June 7, 2008, I had the opportunity to discuss the commercialization of American children with Josh Golin, the Associate Director of Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.

Josh’s two-part interview was sponsored by—no one. Isn’t this total lack of commercial sponsorship a pleasant change of pace?

People who warn about the commercialization of our children sound quaint or even shrill to most other Americans. After all, how could it possibly be a bad thing to buy lots and lots of things for our children, to “spoil” them?

As Josh indicates in this interview, there is now scientific data substantiating that buying children more things is harming them. More stuff (and the anticipation of yet more stuff) leads to a warped set of attitudes and priorities, as well as obesity and attention disorders.

I enjoy talking with Josh because he makes his case clearly and enthusiastically. You can see this for yourself by clicking on the two videos of his interview. What CCFC offers in place of a chokingly endless stream of products is common sense: children can thrive without owning the toys hawked by merchandisers. Instead of more toys, children need more creative play and more time developing real life relationships with other children and adults in their communities.

Part I – Interview of Josh Golin

We all know that American middle class children don’t need most of possessions they have (they are a lot like their parents in this regard). Because there is a limited number of hours in a child’s life, giving children more of what they don’t need leaves them with less time and energy for the sorts of things they do need, such as physical fitness, healthy relationships and creative play.

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Risk information on the toxicity of commonly used chemicals bottled up by White House

April 29, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
Risk information on the toxicity of commonly used chemicals bottled up by White House

What? The White House is endangering us by withholding information? This is getting to be a familiar story, right? Here’s the typical plot: There’s something going on that poses a serious risk to Americans, and the White House decides to protect big corporations rather than protect the people at risk. This time, the protected industry […]

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How about Tylenol for your child’s cold or fever? How about Tylenol ADVERTISING to rev up a parent’s anxiety?

April 1, 2008 | By | 6 Replies More
How about Tylenol for your child’s cold or fever?  How about Tylenol ADVERTISING to rev up a parent’s anxiety?

Check out this current website from Tylenol. You’ll see that McNeil (maker of Tylenol) has heroically and voluntarily removed all of these medicines from the market:

Concentrated TYLENOL® Infants’ Drops Plus Cold
Concentrated TYLENOL® Infants’ Drops Plus Cold & Cough
PediaCare® Infant Dropper Decongestant
PediaCare® Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough
PediaCare® Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)
PediaCare® Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough
PediaCare® Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)

Why remove all these children’s medicines? According to Tylenol,

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Can you forge character out in the suburbs?

November 15, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Can you forge character out in the suburbs?

This question is not really fair.  After all, there are many people out in the suburbs who don’t have it easy and there are many people living in the city who have never had to overcome serious challenges. Nonetheless, it is my prejudice that those people with the highest character, those people we admire the […]

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When Mistakes Turn Tragic

August 30, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
When Mistakes Turn Tragic

What happens when you forget to mention something important to your spouse? When you are running late or distracted, for any number of reasons? Bills get paid late because you forgot to ask him to mail them, Johnny misses soccer practice because you forgot to tell Dad he needed to be there by 5, nothing […]

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How does one raise a thoughtful, moral and religion-free child?

March 24, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
How does one raise a thoughtful, moral and religion-free child?

Ebonmuse (one of our authors, who also writes thoughtful posts at Daylight Atheism) recently interviewed Dale McGowan who has edited a book of essays on raising a child without religion.  McGowan’s book, Parenting Beyond Belief, will be released next month. Ebonmuse writes: The book features original essays by Richard Dawkins, Julia Sweeney, Penn Jillette, Dan […]

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Iraq is STILL a domestic issue: a story about children dying of cancer

March 18, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More
Iraq is STILL a domestic issue: a story about children dying of cancer

From now on, whenever you see any article that talks about the US budget being “tight,” it means that money has been stolen from some worthy cause by George W. Bush, who diverted those precious tax dollars to pursue what is turning out to be one of the biggest financial and social fiascoes in US […]

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We should raise children like we raise dogs

March 9, 2007 | By | 10 Replies More
We should raise children like we raise dogs

How should you take care of them?  According to one book I’m reading, you need to give them lots of exercise and they need to eat good food.  You need to buy a good leash and collar.  No, I’m not referring to a childcare book–I’m talking about a book on dog care: The Complete Dog […]

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