Do you ever feel like your child is a walking advertisement?

@mememama (3077)
United States
February 25, 2007 10:29pm CST
It just hit me today that my son has baby einstein logos on his toothbrush, Elmo on his shoes, Diego on his jacket, spiderman on his pajamas, and Mickey Mouse on his t-shirt. He's only 18 months! Why does most everything have some product endorsement on it? Do you think this will effect our children? I don't know why I just noticed this, today I needed to buy him a new toothbrush and I couldn't find any plain ones at the store. Even the toothpaste has some kind of cartoon character on it. He doesn't want this stuff, he's not at an age where he sees an advertisment and asks for it, it's just that's all that's out there sometimes! What is your child advertising today?
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@14missy (3185)
• Australia
27 Feb 07
I did a university assignment on just this during my early childhood education classes. It is the companies manipulative way of getting you to buy their product obviously. From a very young age they get the kids to ask mum for these items. Even cereal boxes have characters on them and the kids don't really care what the cereal tastes like as long as they get the box with Disney on it. What can we do though, we are mean parents if we don't buy these things. I can't see people going out on strike against these companies and not buying the items, so it will always happen no doubt.
@amishagg (186)
• India
26 Feb 07
Its not just children. Any where you go, you see unofficial brand ambassadors of things like GAP, Tag Heur, Nike, Adidas, Sony, etc. Do you realize that even you are one of them? This is a way of life and frankly speaking, I don't think its of any harm to you. Plus, its such a good marketing strategy, you proud of businessmen for being so innovative.
• United States
27 Feb 07
This is a funny qiestion to me because I try very hard not to have my kids wearing all kinds of logo things. My mother in law, however, is constantly sending stuff with all kinds of logos to my kids. Barbie, Dora, Bratz for my daughter and Thomas, Elmo, Bob the Builder for my son. My husband and I had the discussion just the other day of whether or not we think it's appropriate for them to wear this stuff to church. I don't know that it's not appropriate, I just don't like it!!
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• Philippines
27 Feb 07
admit it or not we want the best for our children and it includes clothes and things they need.my daughter is the same with your son she wears branded clothes, shoes and my, toys that are much expensive than the pants im wearing now. may be we parents wnat the best for them thats why
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• Philippines
27 Feb 07
Haha! This is the funniest post Ive encountered today! Well I also notice my kid nephew and cousins wearing branded stuffs but I never looked at it that way. Now I will! But sometimes you cant help but buy them the branded ones because you just want them to have the best.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
Yes, but how can we avoid this? Thats all that is sold these days. Thanks!
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• India
26 Feb 07
Yes i feel good then my child einstein logos on is every work do self. I like very much his style, his smile and every movment.
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
26 Feb 07
No I don't think it will harm the Children. Mine always used to have the Fun Toothbrushes, toothpaste and even the Fun Soaps lol. As for their Clothes well again it is down to having fun things on you clothes which means they will enjoy wearing them as they also take notice of things that are on there. So do not worry it is not going to harm him.
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@lillake (1634)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Ugh yes! I try so hard not to let my sons get caught up in all the commercialization stuff, but most of the time it seems that it all that is out there. I count myself lucky though, if I had girls I would be ripping my hair out over all the pink princess crap. can we say stereotype? Lets see, today we had the bob the Builder toothbrush, an Elmo shirt, BMX bikes shoes, and napped in the Nascar themed bed set. Oh, and he had Nemo jammies.
@Jemina (5784)
26 Feb 07
That's exactly what I say to my friends who wear apparels with different signatures "you look like a walking billboard" and I'm grinning right now at the thought of it. I don't even have kids yet but I've nephews and nieces and of course sometimes I buy them clothes with cartoon characters. One of them likes Dalmatians a lot.
• Canada
26 Feb 07
When my sister and I were little, we never had that stuff. Our parents wanted to prevent us from being walking advertizements, and that is a value my sister and I still share today. We are not interested in that kind of clothing for anyone!
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