The Heart of the Matter

April 1, 2008 at 8:03 pm 2 comments

Thanks to Sharon for sending me this article, which harkens back to the classic “Having Enough” discussion of how we define success and “enough” in an overachiever, uber-consumer culture.

The article is a Q&A with author Pamela Paul, as Salon describes:

“As the market for infant products grows ever more absurd, author Pamela Paul takes on $800 strollers, Gymboree and the bamboozle that is Baby Einstein.”

You get the idea. Challenging the “need” for all this crazy stuff (more, more, more) for our kids. Challenging the marketing machines and their “research” on what kids need. Challenging the values. Challenging the producers and consumers, and the choices we make.

Right on.


Entry filed under: Media, Parenting, Stuff, Wealth.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shawn  |  April 2, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    It really is ridiculous … everywhere you turn yet another product we think will make our kids happier, and therefore making us happier. It’s crazy. I’ll check out this article for sure!

    I’m in a bit of a torment right now over home decorating. I’m not as creative as I wish, and things are so costly. I want a comfortable, beautiful surrounding every day … but it’s hard to do that without going overboard.

  • 2. Cate  |  April 5, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Hi Megan,
    Got back from Orange Co., threw a bday party and now checking in to say hi – owe you an email, I think!
    Just wanted to say thanks for the link – what a great article. I’m in the “gotta get rid of all this crud” stage w/all my twins’ gear/toys/etc. You are so right about the “cannot hear clearly” thing… aaack!
    Have a great weekend,


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