Monthly Archives: October 2010

Gimmie, gimmie MORE

No, it’s not about Britney. It’s about Benjamin.

I mean, it could be about over-consumption … period.

Yum - Chocolate fondue drizzled over egg, turkey, gravy, crab leg, and chicken nugget.

This is about Americans and their lifestyles or over-consumption – or not. the downturn in the economy seems to be planting some different seeds in the minds of those who don’t have enough to supply both their needs and wants.

Celebrity endorsements are on the rise, for some things which has almost no importance in the scope of what it truly required for basic existence. Lil’ Romeo’s ‘Rap snacks‘, for example, are exactly what the doctor ordered wen your house is up for foreclosure, and your car note is overdue.

It’s this “affluenza” that got us in this predicament in the first place – a ‘diagnosis’ that seems to make us seem overly obsessive about what we need to have, not what we currently do

Unfortunately though, I have a feeling that this won’t last for long. When the stock rise and the smoke clears, I think Americans will return to their capitalist ways – though it’s been proven that making more than a year doesn’t increase happiness levels – you can be happy with less.

 

 

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Young abusers

An interesting article from CNN is about bullying – but not from the perspective we’re used to.

This piece was about the bully, not the bullied.

Stop 'em while they're young.

(Personal aside: I don’t know how I feel about the “he/his/him” pronoun being used in this piece, though. It has male-oriented undertones… and females are definitely capable of committing serious acts against others. Even attempting to search for a female bullying image produces a female whispering, r one crying with grief. She is almost never the overt, physical perpetrator. Gender bias, much?)

However, similar to its coverage of kids and racial bias/ judgement, parents may be appalled to learn that their children are developing negative attitudes towards other people before they’ve even experienced enough of life to know what it means.

Personally, I don’t think enough is being done to combat the issues that are right under parent’s noses. If you child is displaying aggression within the home, with you, do you honestly think that will end when they walk out of the door, Spiderman backpack on, and bagged lunch in hand? If your little girl slaps you every time you tell her no, perhaps you should think about the way she will handle someone taking away her legos during play time.

So, when the problem becomes apparent, it is a parent’s job to take action. Don’t ignore a child’s aggression! What guilt must emerge when you find out that Jack’s bowl cut was converted to a buzz cut when your child planted the gum in his hair. Of course, your child has a mind of his/her own, and her decisions are going to be made independent of you. But the ability to hone their thought process and develop ways to handle anger, and implement consequences when boundaries are crossed are a parents job. So be alert, mom and dad. I have half a mind to say that you’re as responsible as Billy is.

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