Saturday, November 28, 2009

Baby Einstein Buying Back DVD's

Good grief.  Maybe its because I was up a good bit of the night dealing with 3 of my 5 children barfing their brains out (the 4th getting up to nurse and the 5th had a viscious hacking cold that made it impossible to sleep), but I heard about this latest Fleecing of America and wanted to scream.

Ok, breath.  That was a really bad run-on sentence.  Its all good.  Am I really that concerned about Disney's margins?

Phew.  I'm back.

It started last week after reading about the Carter's 2007 tagless clothing recall.  And I get that one. I'm a huge organic, chemical free, non-additive, no-fragrance-using parent.  Our soaps, shampoos, dishwasher detergent, laundry soap, lotions, deodorants (I think you're getting it here) are fragrance-free and as pure as possible.  I use the EWG's website Skin Deep for purchasing decisions.  Fragrance=one of the things killing us.  

Allegedly, the tags from 2007 contained a harmful chemical giving children rashes and such. Definitely not okay.  And Carter's is stepping up and giving all parents a full refund on any clothing they purchased for their children during that time period.  Yay Carter's.

However, when I hear about parents scouring used clothing stores and thrift shops, finding these items, and mailing them to Carter's for a full refund, I get annoyed.  I ran into an old friend last week who told me about a neighbor who is currently making her living by, what I consider to be, scamming Carter's.  (my opinion)
She laid eyes on the neighbor's latest "paycheck" for $600 and said, "Hmmmmm."

I'm leaving that.

So, we're on to Baby Einstein.
Apparently, they are in the midst of a PR nightmare where they are trying to save face with interest groups who do not consider these videos to be "educational" as touted by Disney. 
Parents are now furious because their babies aren't reading and writing by 6 months.
(Fine.  That's not part of the story at all.  It just sounded climactic.)

Here is a comment from the interest group that fought against the videos:
The refund offer is a wonderful victory for families and anyone who cares about children. Recent research shows that screen time is not educational for babies. Now parents who purchased Baby Einstein DVDs, mistakenly believing the videos would make their babies smarter, can recoup their money.

Seriously??  And when did research show that 'screen time' WAS educational for babies?

I own several Baby Einstein DVD's and they are occasionally viewed in our home.
By our children.
And I even consider them to be somewhat educational.  
(the crowd gasps in horror)

What I don't do, is use television to parent my children.  And I don't need Disney (or any interest group) to parent me.  Thankyouverymuch.

The summary of this post:  It is impossible to idiot proof people.