One of the things I'm working on today is sifting through the holiday season barrage of requests for donations. One organization I particularly want to support is not very well known, so I want to just pitch it really quickly.
As you can guess by the title, it's called Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. It's so tempting to get caught up in the commercial world of stuff for kids including such wonders of "Baby Einstein" videos etc. People think they're cool because, after all, they're made for kids. I'm suspicious of all that. The letter I got from this organization reminds that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against any screen time for kids below age 2, even if it is "made for kids."
The letter I received from them this year also boasts having prevented Pussy Cat Dolls dolls from hitting the market. I think that rocks. Consumer power is a huge tool that we should exercise more.
Don't let people trick you into selling you stuff you don't need! Especially for your kids!