Saturday, January 15, 2011

Billboard Parents

Today I read the this article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. I found it very disturbing. I just don't know what to think. The thought of making my child a billboard right after birth is appalling. Something so wonderful and private being sent out to the world as advertising is just horrendous. Evidently, though, this is a new trend. Husband had the dual reaction of finding it abhorrent, but brilliant. In these economic times, why not make some easy money. Truth be told, all you are doing is making your child wear a branded onesie and telling your friends about it. Why not? If your older children are also interested, let them in on it too, right?!?! NO!!! What is this world coming to when it all boils down to money? Is nothing sacred in this world? This is your baby. Do you really want his first pictures to be of all his contracted clothing, and not about the singular miracle of his birth? I find it so horrible to think that this child could grow up feeling that the best part of his birth was the money he brought in - not the love he brought to his family. Teaching values begins at birth. I hope parents who are considering this really think about the message they are sending to their children.

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