Friday, August 11, 2006

On Being Five - Belief in the World

In the morning, I usually watch "Good Morning America" or "Today" while rushing through breakfast and getting ready for work. Annika was looking at some books and magazines and wandering around for her things.

Annika: Mommy, do you want a beautiful home?

Me: Yes.

Annika: Then come to Oscar Huber for a beautiful home.

*Pause. Didn't I just hear a commercial for Oscar Huber furniture. I laughed and hugged her.

Me: It's a commercial. You can't believe everything they say.

Annika: Why?

Me: Because they want you to come to their store. That's all. You don't have to do everything you hear.

Annika: Oh.

This actually reminded me of an incident when she was 3 years old. She was watching "Caillou" or something on PBS. It was interrupted by a fundraising break, which usually begins "We have a message for the parents and grandparents."

She called me to the room, "Mommy! they have a message for you!"

It was incredibly cute, but it's an innocent example of the impact of television messages and the trust they have in the adults.

By the way, my article on children and the media was published online this week for

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good article.
And congrats on it too!