This morning I was charmed by something being shared on Facebook. A cuddly bear playing peek-a- boo. It was holding up a sheet in front of it’s face, then putting it down. The child laughed. It was very cute. According to the comments everyone apparently loved it, wanted it, recommended it.
I then began thinking. Why did the people commenting not want to play with their child themselves? Why did they want to buy a bear to do it? Or, was it just a sad marketing ploy to put all those different positive comments? Were those comments real? Hmmm
I do recognise that if we don’t buy lots of “stuff” the commercial world will collapse. The world runs on the creation of products and services that we buy. We are purchasing to support jobs, the economy etc, but really!!!! Who is getting rich with our money? Manipulating us to buy products we really don’t need and stop us from interacting with our children.
Why don’t we use our buying power to encourage them to make stuff we really need. Things that are useful to society as a whole. Big business won’t make as much money out of us. But maybe we won’t have bought useless rubbish that is good for no one.
Is it not about time that we recognised that the discovery of eyebrows was yet just another marketing ploy. The development of one more section of the huge cosmetic industry to sell us yet more stuff. To entice us to buy products we just don’t need. We apparently “want” them, because the companies have cleverly told us we do.
Advertisements do work. Isn’t it weird that suddenly wallpaper is in fashion again! So off we go and buy it. That we need a new sofa “before xmas!” That we really must have something in “check pattern” to wear, because that is the latest thing. No, no, no we don’t. Please think. If you have money to spend in this manner how could you use it to help someone else. Buy someone else a new sofa who hasn’t got one.
The thing that children need most is time with people who love them. Ask them they will tell you. To show them how to live in the world. How to be kind. How to have fun. I promise you, you do not need to buy a toy to occupy them with something you can do together. Time is free. It is a lovely feeling to know it is you that have helped them smile and giggle
Oh, and just because the “Kardashians” have it, does not mean you need it too. Really you don’t. Whatever the product is it won’t make you happier or more beautiful, whatever the advert says.
We as humans are better than this. We know when we are being manipulated; exploited; used. Your children will still love you and appreciate the things you can give, without bankrupting the family.
Look around your house at all the “stuff” you have. Does it make you satisfied? Look at the people you love. How does that make you feel?
Please don’t buy the peek-a-boo bear. Interact with your child yourself. The smile you get in return will stay with you longer than the “flashing light glow headwear” you just had to buy for halloween/bonfire night.