Safety Proof Your Child Against The Admen

Our media driven society pushes us to be perfect and is a sales ploy by those trying to sell you something. Not at all helpful: harmful to  children and parents.

quotes about advertising

PARENting ADVICE

Safety proof your child against the siren calls  of the advertisers. These tips show you how:

Tip one: Educate yourself in the art of detecting efforts to get you to buy what you don’t need.

I get very cranky when my favorite food store reorganizes its shelves so I have to wander around to find things. The  hope  is that I will stumble on something I don’t need but might buy impulsively. The more you wander a store, the more you buy.

I have also given up buying magazines. Why? Even the articles are advertisements urging you to buy this or that.

In addition to the usual ads hawked before, during, and after tv shows, talk and reality shows, including  my favorite cooking shows. have become advertisements for celebrities as well as other products.

Tip Two: Improve your all  critical thinking skills. Here are  the major ways our thoughts get twisted.

12 Examples of twisted thinking aka #fallaciousarguments

Tip Three: Teach the difference between wants and needs. We need food and water; we do not need junk food or flavored water.

Tip Four Teach your child to think critically. The younger your child the more s/he  needs your help sorting out what is real and what is not.

Do not worry  about a pre-preschooler’s fantasies; at the same time, point out the make-believe stuff. Label play and make-believe as pretending or imaging.

Saying “It is fun to believe in dream of being a major league star, but not all dreams come true will not seriously diminish the child’s pleasure, while paving the way for when s/he begins to understand what is real and what is not.

Once the child stops believing in the Santa Claus or similar myths, start asking as you watch movies or media together “What’s real about that?” or “What’s fantasy about that?”

As the teens are entered upon, continue the discussions suggested above, but go deeper.  One easy way to encourage deeper thought is to say “And” when the teen seems to have reached a limit in his thoughts.

Tip five: Teach about advertising. This can also start when you child is young. Just saying, “Than’s an ad, trying to get you to buy something.”

Tip six: Let your child struggle a bit  when it comes to wants. It is your job to supply needs, not wants. Do not reward too quickly. Encourage earning wants.

PRACTICE KINDNESS

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Thank you for all you do., Work at staying strong until next time,. I work hard to do the same as life is often difficult and parenting a struggle.

Katherine

This post was not inspired by this WordPress Daily Prompt however it relates a bit.

The Outsiders:Tell us about the experience of being outside, looking in — however you’d like to interpret that.

Window shopping is what came to mind and the advertizers use window displays to encourage buying.

LINKS OF INTEREST

These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.

Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises (www.emotionalfitnesstraining.com
The five components of Emotional Intelligence (www.sonoma.edu)Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents(amazon.com)

 

 

Start as soon as your child begins watching videos or television to improve his or her critical thinking.  

PRACTICE KINDNESS

Sharing is caring; so is liking, or commenting.

Thank you for all you do., Work at staying strong until next time,. I work hard to do the same as life is often difficult and parenting a struggle.

Katherine

This post was not inspired by this WordPress Daily Prompt

By the Dots: We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!

However, when writing a Memory Book there is no need to try to please the grammar kings when creating a memory book. Just do it.

LINKS OF INTEREST

These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.

Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises (www.emotionalfitnesstraining.com
The five components of Emotional Intelligence (www.sonoma.edu)Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents(amazon.com)

 

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