Growing Up Too Fast
A recent article I read on MSN prompted me to post this thought. I think the article is right on when they say many toys, shows and other products are targeted at this tween age. It forces them into a grown up state of mind perhaps before they should be.
The other problem is these dolls and many other items promote looks over what is in the heart. They promote that looking good and having a good time is all that there is to life. This kind of mentality is dangerous. It is telling them to have fun at all cost and when you seek out companionship seek out that which looks good and feels good.
My comments might seem bizarre in light of it only being a doll, or just some make-up or just a simple tv show, but I am a big believer in the power of suggestion.
There is also the immulation factor. Kids will immulate the things that they are drawn to or see the most. If they are allowed to play with certain toys, watch certain show or go to certain places then they start to become what they see.
Lastly there is what I would consider the problem of kids becoming the boss of many families. Ed Young wrote a great book called Kid CEO on this topic. They seem to have become the driving force behind what happens at home. Mom’s and Dad’s seem to be running all out to make sure the kids are taken care of. Part of that comes from the gen-x’s growing up and concluding that their parents didn’t give them as much attention so they go into overdrive with their own kids.
Is is good to love your kids and promote their welfare? Of course, but at what cost? And who is in charge in the end. How ragged will a parent run themselves to get to a point of a child being well involved and developed socially?
Hope all parents will see the need to moderate not only themselves but what they allow their children to invest themselves into. Let’s let kids be kids and teach them the proper ways to act, not as Brats (Yes, I spelled it right. No urban twist for me)