Read To Your Children

Thursday, 16 November 2006 at 5:00 am Pacific USA Time.

When I was a teen, Teddy Ruxpin was on the market. This was a teddy bear that took special cartridges. It read a story and its mouth and eyes moved. This was evidently an acceptable substitute for a parent engaging with a child.

I was glad when that was gone. I was hoping that parents were being taught the importance of bonding and interaction with their children.

But the product is back. Now it’s called T. J. Bearytales. I’d like you all to boycott it and send manufacturers messages. Technology is nice, but it shouldn’t replace actual parent interaction. Get your child something that will really stimulate him or her, and inspire connection and growth. Don’t get a stuffed animal read to your child at night.

Are you too busy? Too busy to connect with your child? A story-reading bear is probably the least of your problems if you thought that was an OK replacement.

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6 Responses to “Read To Your Children”

  1. jhaul says:

    Teddy Ruxbin is still available; TJ Bearytales is a different product, different manufacture. Do not boycott these items; they are not a parental replacement. I’m not disagreeing that parents should read to their children, but these products were made to increase how much a child reads. No parent, no matter how wonderful they are, has every waking moment to spend with their child.
    So your 4-year old would like to read a book at 5 PM, while you are trying to prepare dinner, your 1 year old is screaming their head off, and your spouse is still at work. Typical day in more then half of American homes. So you obviously have to tell your 4-year old that you can’t read to him. Do you see the benefit in having a toy that will read to your child when you can’t?
    There is no problem with any toy on the market; it’s still the parent’s decision. It’s up to the parent to decide how to utilize the toys that they purchase for their children. Just like it’s up to the parent to decide what their children can watch on TV. If you don’t feel it appropriate, do not purchase it or watch it. Do not tell other people who to raise their children. Each family is different and every persons needs are different.
    Do you believe in boycotting Leap Frog products too?

  2. Debbie says:

    If I can’t tell other people how to raise their children, then you don’t get to tell me how to think and what to say. :) I’m allowed to speak my mind, and my feeling is that I grew up without any of these things. No plush toy that read to me. No VCRs. No LeapFrog. So I know these things aren’t necessary. You don’t need them to raise a child. You don’t NEED them at 5pm when other things are going on. My parents grew up without them.
    If your child is 4, I’d think that he or she should be learning by now how to do something things on his/her own. It sounds like 5pm is a great time to put that into play since you can’t get the 1-yr-old to do that just yet. :) Maybe the 4-yr-old can learn to help at dinner.
    I may just have a skewed view since without all of these toys and technologies while I was growing up, my sister and I were both reading by 4. So when I was 4 and my sister was 1, if she was screaming her head off, I didn’t need my Mom to read to me. I went and read to myself. Or I coloured and drew things. Or watched some TV. I didn’t have the household you describe even though my sister and I were 3 years apart and Dad worked all day. Somehow, we turned out quite well. :)
    I believe that the parents create the vibe and flow of the household. If the household is out of control, it’s not from a lack of TJ Bearytales. If the children are in control, it’s not because of Leap Frog or a lack of Leap Frog. Those are whole other issues. :)

  3. Amber says:

    How can you make those comments and put smiley faces next to them. It is interesting how you say that you won’t tell people how to raise their children, but then you go on to slam the previous mother who is coping the only way she knows how. I just love how people are so rude!
    It is your decision….

  4. Call me rude if it makes you feel better, but I think that this country is raising dumber and more disconnected children because the parents are finding more and more ways to not do as much parenting as previous generations.
    I won’t tell anybody how to raise their kids. I can only say conditions we never used to hear about are up from years before. ADD. ADHD. Autism. Reactive Attachment Disorder. I don’t believe that suddenly, so many children are being born with these things, and nobody could have overcome or changed it. I think that some of these are environment rather than nature.
    So raise your kids how you like! Call me rude if you like! I would like to see parents actually interacting with children so that we have fewer sociopaths and fewer dumb kids. I’d like to see the IQ of this country going up rather than down, as it has been.

  5. Pangames says:

    Hi, I run a site that features free games for kids to teens, a forum and am the bro of two autisic kids.
    You don’t know hat you are talking about. Without TJ, my brother won’t eat sometimes! (he’s that delayed) You honestly have 0 experience dealing with kids like that, and I suggest you stop posting aricles like this on this site.

  6. kathy momof3 says:

    I had the Teddy Ruxpin and my 3 boys and I all listened to him tell us a story together, while we turned the pages of the book and pointed at the words. It was a great device to help them read. It was a toy, not a substitute!