Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Great Baby Einstein Scam

When it comes to raising kids, I have (no surprise here) some very strong opinions. And one of those opinions is to keep young kids the hell away from television. That also includes movies and computers.

Obviously this gets mitigated as kids grow older, but as far as I'm concerned, babies and toddlers have no business even seeing the mesmerizing glimpse of a screen because they're hooked - to the detriment of their brain's development. In this, I was backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

But parents hate it when they're told they have to work at raising their children... y'know, actually interact with the little tykes. That's why they seized on those stupid "Baby Einstein" videos. Parents could happily plant little Junior (age: one) in front of the TV and feel good about it because Junior was going to turn into a genius through his lack of interaction with real, live people. Uh huh.

And now parents are shocked - shocked! - that Disney conceded the videos don't work and are offering refunds.

My personal opinion is that if the parents were stupid enough to fall for this in the first place, maybe it's the parents who should watch the videos and increase their I.Q.

Just a thought.


  1. It's kind of funny to see the parents still defending it.

  2. Television kills imagination and creativity.