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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Power of Advertising


Every night before the girls go to sleep, my husband and I lie down with them for a few minutes of cuddle time. We talk about their day and their tomorrow. They listen to a book on tape or some soothing music (Lydia likes Dean Martin. Really.)It's one of my favorite parts of the day. Our itty bitty kitty, Shirley (aka Lil'Shirl- it's her hip-hop name) loves to nestle in with Claire. We love it because she gets into like a sleep high and squinches up her eyes and looks so cute. Plus, there is nothing warmer or cozier than a sleepin' kitty. She's the sassy one on the right.

Last night, as I was snuggling with Lydia, she let out this big sigh and said, "I'm tired!"
Quickly followed up with, "But I don't want to take Lunesta!" (Because we so often feel the need to drug our children with sleep aids before they go to bed)

THIS is why prescription medication ought not to be advertised on television at the magnitude that it is currently. And also why my kids are limited to PBS, Disney and The Food Network- it's as much for the content of the programming as it is the things they advertise. Claire wants to watch American Idol, which admittedly, I have never watched. From what I know about it, I don't have any objections to her watching the show, but I do have an issue with the commercials- especially for scary and/or inappropriate movie trailers.

7 Comments:

Blogger MsAbcMom said...

I agree about tv.
I think the commercial people really know what they are doing when they make those ads. I limit my daughter's tv time but she can parrot any commercial out there. I was sick a few weeks ago and my daughter said you should try Mucinex, the ..... medicine" (whatever their slogan is - I don't remember) Well, I didn't try Mucinex and I grumbled something about too much tv. I then called the Dr. about my symptoms and he reccomended Mucinex! What did my daughter say? "I told you so!"

2/28/2007 10:22 PM  
Blogger dino martin peters said...

Hey, like how sweet that one of your daughters loves listenin' to Dino.

3/01/2007 9:19 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Bluebird said...

I love the fact your daughter likes Dean Martin - hubby and I went and saw the Rat Pack at the Sands earlier this month and loved it - it's touring so check it out.

As for ads....I don't understand why in the heck they even advertise prescription drugs on television to the public anyway. It's not like we can go out and buy the stuff and I don't know too many people who go visit their doctor and ask for something they saw on television.

3/01/2007 7:21 PM  
Blogger Adeline said...

Mrs. T, I agree! Bedtime is also my favorite time, I love our well appointed books and reading Go, Dog GO! so many times that my less than 2 year old child has parts memorized.

When I left home at 17, if I could pay rent, I was beside myself with joy. The thought of buying a TV was sort of "Why would I do that?" I bought a nice bike.

So at the gym though, they have a row of TV's to watch. I couldn't tell people how disturbing I thought it was that they advertise prescription medications for just about anything and everything from feeling sort of tired to sexual dysfunction (which was about as mysitfying to me as it would be for a child, though perhaps in a different way).

Do people go to their doctors and ask for this garbage? What about the side effects like uncontrollable gas and dry mouth and dry eyes and fatigue and oops you might get cancer of the bleepity bleep. Why aren't people more irritated by this?

I think big pharma is evil. When did this all happen? When I was a kid they didn't have this garbage...now they advertise cigs and liquor on the direct tv channels...

people honestly think this advertising doesn't work but if it didn't work they wouldn't do it.

3/02/2007 2:09 AM  
Blogger Mister Teacher said...

As long as they don't start saying, "We want a new baby brother! Break out the Cialis!"

3/05/2007 6:56 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Tonight there was an ad for "E.D" on before 7 pm... no one asked me about it and I confess to being relieved.

But really... smart cookie that Lydia!

3/05/2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger Shawnee said...

Tell the truth . . . you've been drugging the children again, haven't you?

Love Mr. Teacher's comment!

3/09/2007 7:13 PM  

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