Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Playmobil's "City Life" theme clearly aimed at perpetuating archaic gender stereotypes...

I'm exhausted.

Number one: my toddler is over 2 years old.  She never stops moving.

Number two: because it's 2014.  I can try my hardest to respect most opinions, but I become exhausted when I witness blatant ignorance.   Are we really still fighting against progress?  Are we still so ignorant to reality?

That said, Playmobil has a line of toys called "City Life" which might as well have been warped here from the 1950's.  Why?  Because they are clearly marketed towards girls while perpetuating ignorant gender stereotypes aimed at women.  Light blue boxes with pink highlights show various "scenes" depicting what Playmobil considers a metropolitan lifestyle which for a quick swipe of the old credit card can be recreated by your daughters with the plastic bounty within.  While your daughters excitedly play with said toys which typically come with a female "action figure" (do they still call toys "action figures" or am I dating myself), they can brainwash themselves into thinking that women should only be seen in shopping malls, hair salons, fashion boutiques, or pushing strollers and walking dogs.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Car seats in the summer and the texting trend...

There's been a lot of talk recently about parents, caregivers, etc. "forgetting" their children in the car - specifically during the summer which usually ends in tragedy.  Personally, I cannot imagine "forgetting" my child in the car.  It just doesn't compute in my brain.

I would like to offer a suggestion which will also help with another problem that seems to be becoming more prevalent: texting while driving.  Design a carseat that will only buckle when you attach your cell phone to it.

Eureeka:  No texting while driving. And I'm sure no one will forget their precious cell phone (I mean: child) in the car.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A lesson in prejudice? Bullying? Independent play? Anger management?

To the two mothers on the playground who completely ruined our morning:

I'd like to thank you for the free hearing test.  Despite being told that I have Tinnitus from playing my electric guitar too loudly in the 90's, you have helped me realize that I do in fact have decent hearing.

Your free hearing test was administered after you witnessed the following chain of events: 

Mom #1's son (hereafter known as "Oscar") was sitting in the tunnel slide playing with his little toy car.

My daughter toddled over to the slide and I said, "Come on.  Let's go on the swing."


Friday, May 2, 2014

Things I have learned while watching television with my daughter...

My daughter and I don't watch a lot of television.  But when we do, I have absolutely no choice but to give the show that we watch my undivided attention.  It's really not an option.  One, I don't like to use my iPhone around her.  We would like to keep her tech-ignorant for as long as possible.  Second, watching television is a structured activity referred to as "chee-chee guggles" - that's "t.v. and cuddling" for those of you who are not familiar with toddler-speak.  

So, while watching various movies and shows, I have picked up on a few things that I would like to share with you.  And, I don't doubt that some of you may also share some of these opinions.