It also says, “sitting around is for wimps!”
Nice. Let’s name-call the kiddies, shame them for sitting (which they do all day in school BTW, and ‘watch it if you like playing piano, or making your own cartoon books, or you get lost in building a lego creation, you wimp!’) Then throw in some developmentally inappropriate and harmful “nutrition” information to “motivate” them to be “healthy” (code for “not fat” BTW.) This kind of “fun” info/quiz was printed on the “goodie-bag” that my then 4 year-old brought home from a birthday party at Pump it Up. Not kidding. Here’s your pencil, your inflatable little ball and a nice dose of shame and body-image dissatisfaction! The same party that served pizza, juice boxes, cake and ice-cream. Hey, kids! How many hours would you have to do jumping jacks to work-off that pizza, cake and ice-cream that we just gave you, and that, incidentally is where we make most of our profits! (Anyone out there want to tell me? It’s probably, like, ten hours? (Which is meaningless anyway.)
I’m just over it. Sick and tired. Thankful she couldn’t read. In what universe is this helpful to children? Serve a captive audience “bad” food, then make them feel guilty about it, call them names… Studies show that girls as young as four report feeling guilt and shame when they eat “forbidden foods.” Does anyone think this kind of thing honestly helps anyone? (Here is another example, and another example..)
Thanks again for letting me rant. If you see something like this, complain, make your voice heard. Maybe if enough of us complain, something will change. (BTW, I like Pump it Up, I think these inflatable play-grounds are a great way to help kids have fun ways to move their bodies- especially in Minnesota when it’s below zero for weeks at a time. I also like pizza (though M doesn’t ironically) and I like cake and ice-cream. I don’t like giving kids mixed messages and shaming them “for their own good.”
What do you think? Where have you seen the most egregious offenders?