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Anyone read this book? Buy Buy Baby

I thought this would be a good place to discuss it. I read it in January and it really cemented my decision to keep being tv free. While it's not about tv specifically, I think it's a relevant book for this brand new forum. Anyone want to discuss?

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I LOVED that book. It really turned me off of all licensed characters, though. And the corruption of beloved characters from my childhood into licensing machines really pisses me off--I'm thinking of Eloise, Frances, and others.
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Is this geared towards all kids or just babies in general? I am just wondering if it was worth me getting witha 3 and 5 year old!! Thanks!
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Oh, it's great for all kids. I'd say ESPECIALLY preschool age.
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I have to read that one! Thanks for mentioning it, it seems very interesting.

We have very few 'educational' toys at home, only the toys we received as gifts. I never bought any swing or exersauser or jumper whatever that is. However, I take her to Kindermusik and we have a subscription to the local aquarium, it's awesome.
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Yeah, that was a great one!

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Cool! People have read it! No one I know IRL has.

For me it was the part about Gen X parents that was really eye-opening. It was crazy how I saw myself. I grew up in the country with only two tv channels to watch (one was PBS), but I still seemed to watch my share. I so identified with the Gen X mom profile.

Last summer we took some swimming lessons (more like how-to-get-wet lessons) and the first thing the instructor asked was if any of the kids (all around the age of 1) had watched Baby Einstein. We were the only ones who hadn't. The book really explains that whole trend very well.

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For me it was the part about Gen X parents that was really eye-opening. It was crazy how I saw myself. I grew up in the country with only two tv channels to watch (one was PBS), but I still seemed to watch my share. I so identified with the Gen X mom profile.
I know. My husband and I were in shock after reading that---like all Gen-Xers, we think we're utterly unique. I think it was really interesting in that it sort of represented an AP mindset as part of the GenX way of parenting.
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This sounds really interesting ~ I just submitted a request at the library!

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Cool! People have read it! No one I know IRL has.

For me it was the part about Gen X parents that was really eye-opening. It was crazy how I saw myself. I grew up in the country with only two tv channels to watch (one was PBS), but I still seemed to watch my share. I so identified with the Gen X mom profile.

Last summer we took some swimming lessons (more like how-to-get-wet lessons) and the first thing the instructor asked was if any of the kids (all around the age of 1) had watched Baby Einstein. We were the only ones who hadn't. The book really explains that whole trend very well.
So why was the SWIM teacher asking if the kids had watched baby Einstein? Paid by the company?

I have read the book, but I get the info in that one mixed up with info from other books on the same general subject (like Consuming Kids). Is Buy, Buy Baby the book that talks about the Thomas train tables at Barnes and Nobel?
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So why was the SWIM teacher asking if the kids had watched baby Einstein? Paid by the company?

I have read the book, but I get the info in that one mixed up with info from other books on the same general subject (like Consuming Kids). Is Buy, Buy Baby the book that talks about the Thomas train tables at Barnes and Nobel?
I think he was just making conversation/breaking the ice. It was odd, that's for sure.

Yep. Who wrote Consuming Kids?

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Who wrote Consuming Kids?
Susan Linn - the lady who runs the Center for a Commercial Free Childhood.
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Hmm, I haven't read this yet but will be back to discuss after I get it from the library! As I mentioned in my intro, I couldn't believe what a difference it made to my own buying habits/personal satisfaction when tv disappeared from my life, so I have no doubt that it will have an effect on my children to minimize their exposure to consumerism.

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I just checked it out from the library and realized I already read it a while back... but I'm reading again just the same. it really confirms a lot of what I thought were just sort of my paranoid delusions about the whole "educational toys" scam and the marketing-to-kids nightmare.

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I put it on my "to read" list!
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I just checked it out from the library and realized I already read it a while back... but I'm reading again just the same. it really confirms a lot of what I thought were just sort of my paranoid delusions about the whole "educational toys" scam and the marketing-to-kids nightmare.
How bizarre. I just checked it out of the library a few weeks ago, and I also realized that I had read it already! And... I read it again... with the same result of reaffirming my decisions! It is an excellent book. I highly recommend it. It really frames how examining and taking advantage of children's behavior has been turned into a commodity.
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I just wanted to say thanks for this thread I am reading this book now and it's great. We aren't tv-free yet but we want to move in that direction.

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wait... have to pick it up on Monday, can't wait...
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Can't wait to hear what everyone has to say!

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I just ordered it.

In the same vein, I highly recommend "Packaging Girlhood" if you have a girl.
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I read it when it first came out. I always disliked Baby Einstein and that book added fuel to the fire! I just could not believe the marketing practices of some of the "educational" companies. I also can't believe how pervasive licensed character are. We needed to buy DS a new toothbrush and I had a hard time finding one without Dora or Sponge Bob.

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I read it when it first came out. I always disliked Baby Einstein and that book added fuel to the fire! I just could not believe the marketing practices of some of the "educational" companies. I also can't believe how pervasive licensed character are. We needed to buy DS a new toothbrush and I had a hard time finding one without Dora or Sponge Bob.
I've had the same problem with children's band-aids. Everything has the potential to be a commercial it seems.

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I really enjoyed the book. I read it when DS was around 9 mo. and realize as he gets older, the commercialism becomes even stronger.

Example: We were at the library. A mom was trying to calm down her toddler by pointing out a Clifford stuffed animal. I pointed the dog out to DS by saying "look, there is a red dog." (I have no problem with the other mama doing this so long as the kid reads the books, but I doubt they were so young.)
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I've had the same problem with children's band-aids. Everything has the potential to be a commercial it seems.
We just use adult band-aids.
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I don't understand the toothbrush problem! I buy my kids' toothbrushes at either Walgreens or Target, pretty mainstream places, and I never have any trouble finding ones without characters. I have also purchased toothbrushes at the Whole Foods Market and those are character-free. I don't think they've ever had character toothbrushes, and I'm not even all that terribly opposed to them.

But back to the topic, this book sounds really interesting and I'm going to put it on my list of to-reads. Maybe it will help me quell my compulsion to buy my kids every kind of creative toy I read about on the Internet?? (Oh, probably not. But unless I come into a whole bunch of money that is kind of a self-limiting compulsion anyway.)

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This book helped seal the deal on TV and licensed characters. Personally, I found it a bit hard to read...it was like reading a thesis. I could have used a bit more "personal" stories and not just quotes and stats.

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I know. My husband and I were in shock after reading that---like all Gen-Xers, we think we're utterly unique. I think it was really interesting in that it sort of represented an AP mindset as part of the GenX way of parenting.
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I'm another GenX mom who was shocked at how marketers have me pegged.

In the future, whenever I say "I need that for my kids!" I'll be stopping to think about WHY I think I need it now!

Very interesting and useful book.
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This book helped seal the deal on TV and licensed characters. Personally, I found it a bit hard to read...it was like reading a thesis. I could have used a bit more "personal" stories and not just quotes and stats.
I am reading it right now and feel the same way. Its the type of book I have to give my full attention to which with little ones isn't always easy to do.

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I need to check this out. I have some conflicting thoughts on characters, and would love to read this guy's perspective.

When was it written?
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I need to check this out. I have some conflicting thoughts on characters, and would love to read this guy's perspective.

When was it written?
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