ControverSunday Topic: Licensed Merchandise for Kids

Hello! Welcome!

So two weeks ago we brought back ControverSunday. Yeah! And some great things happened! We got a newbie to join (@torturedpotato) and a couple more to suggest some topics (@breebop and @jenarbo). Yeah! And then I was going to pick a topic from the suggestions but I dropped the ball.

But here I am to pick it right up again and host this weeks ControverSunday. Not only do we have a great topic this week, but we have a couple great ones in the bank for the next couple weeks. BUT! We need more great ideas- so if you have one, please leave a comment so that our regular host Perpetua, can put it on her list.

Now- for this weeks topic! Licensed Kids Merchandise, as suggested by @jenarbo, who has already tipped her hat that she is not a big fan. What are we talking about? You know… all the ‘stuff’ from shoes to plates to hats to toys to stickers to videos to beds to ….. (you get the idea) that are covered with some kids cartoons or personalities. Just about every kids show or movie turns out merchandise like crazy and kids gobble it up whole. What up? What do you think? Is this cool? Is this the over-commercialization of our kids at a very early age? Are you all whatev’s? Why are kids so drawn to the stuff? I mean I like the show ‘Parenthood’ but I wouldn’t want a ‘Parenthood’ branded t-shirt or iphone cover or something.

So, here’s how it works. You write a post on said topic for Sunday (or Monday or Tuesday or whatever, we are pretty open). Then you go visit Accidents to get the official “ControverSunday” badge and you add that to your post. Then you come back here to my ControverSunday post and add a link to your post in the comments so I can link you up! Then you go and read and share your thoughts on everyone else’s post. Make sure you visit Perpetua, who is our regular host who runs this fun weekly event to tell her she is fab! Everyone is welcome to participate and we LOVE newbies!

Also, so we don’t lose them, here are the other suggested topics I have heard on twitter for future weeks. Please add your suggestions in the comments!

@breebop suggested “judgement of mommy vices: booze, caffeine, cigarettes, pot cookies… every mum has one”

@10thtoTheFraser suggested “how about something on whether good parents can have bad kids? Is badness innate? Are there bad kid or just maladapted?”

@torturedpotato suggested “birth control? managing your period with drugs? medication vs holistic remedies for children?”

Keep them coming people!!!

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10 responses to “ControverSunday Topic: Licensed Merchandise for Kids

  1. Brooke July 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I have a couple suggestions-
    Kids in modeling/acting/singing/America’s Got Talent

    Are we all destined to f* our kids up? It seems that even those with *good* childhoods still have moments that their parents really failed.

    The No School Movement

  2. Bree July 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I have another: how much attention is enough? We have cousins visiting from Alberta with five kids under the age of 7. Needless to say, while they are hands-on, loving parents, they have to divide their attention among far more kids. They have had to “let go” more than we do with two, and also suppress individual preferences more (what’s served for dinner is dinner. No rainchecks or substitutions!). In an age of helicopter parenting, I think it’s interesting to observe their approach. Helicopter parenting is only really possible with one or two. When you’ve got a pack of kids, you just don’t have the ability to hover over them all!

  3. Ginger July 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

    There’s a new NYT article out that talks about a new study out claiming that kindergarten education is a marker for future success/skills/advancement. The methodology of the study seems a little flawed, but the idea is interesting–how important is kindergarten in a kids life?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/business/economy/28leonhardt.html?_r=2&hp

  4. Brooke July 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Or maybe even more- how important is Preschool. Idaho won’t fund early childhood education because they believe moms should be home teaching their kids. Gotta love living in such a red state!

  5. Perpetua July 29, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Whoa! I think it’s time to take ControverSunday off hiatus! I think that little break did our brains good. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting, K!

  6. Jen July 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Woo hoo! I’m in and it’s written, in the tank, and scheduled.

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