I am sure you have seen the kids in supermarkets demanding a certain type of cereal or a box of cookies. In most cases TV is teaching our kids what to eat, how to dress and how to behave – and it is not all good.
TV is a powerful medium and let’s not mess around – the people placing the advertising on TV mean to extract every cent they can from you via your kids for as long as they possibly can. To that end they spent millions in learning how to turn your kids into consumers. The “I want” kids.
Why are kids eating sugar filled cereals with barely any nutritional value? TV taught them (and their parents before them).
Why are they demanding toys every time mom takes them shopping? TV taught them to they need new toys all the time.
And… why are we all buying things we don’t really need? TV tells every one is so we should.
Meanwhile companies are getting bigger, richer and more powerful and we are working harder and harder to try to keep up with the growing demands.
We decided to jump off the treadmill – so we switched off the mainstream TV in our home (saved a heap on cable costs) and moved to watching educational TV with our kids or documentaries in our time.
It was the single biggest and hardest addiction to give up…. No news, no rubbish shows to relax in front of at night, no mind numbing soaps…and instead shows focused on improving our lives and that of our kids.
It was the best decision we ever made – we could think more clearly and began to do things we really wanted to do with our family.
The kids don’t ask for things all the time – no commercials telling them to want things – they don’t even know the latest toy craze – so we can to choose good toys for them. No cereal demands – so they don’t eat any rubbish sugar filled cereals – so they are much healthier and happier.
Yes it is a strange thing not to know what was on the news last night – but instead, I spent some more time with my kids – and that made me smile. That’s good news!
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