Kindersay, so you don’t have to.

Dear Parents: Save Some Money, Use Kindersay.

Michael Arrington

One thing that amazes me when I visit friends who have young children is the stunning amount of cash they lay out on educational toys and videos. Parents will pay literally anything if they think their kids will learn something and get a head start over the competition. Companies take advantage of that need people have to be perfect parents and sell them every conceivable type of educational toy and video, at ridiculous prices.But you can stop the vicious cycle of spending with…the Internet. Once your child has mastered Elmo’s Potty Time
(let me know how it ends if you watch it all the way through, I stopped
at Earl the fruit guy because he quite frankly creeped me out), give Kindersay
a whirl. It shows pictures of things or letters and an actress
(Christine Ghawi, who stars as Céline Dion in the CBC Canadian show
Céline) says the words. It’s free and has no advertising. If you want
to add in your own family pictures to customize the show, they charge
$6/month.

The next time you’re too busy to actually spend time with your kid,
just plop them down in front of the computer, fire up Kindersay and let
them do their thing. They’ll grow up to be smart, considerate, well
adjusted kids. I’m sure of it.

Dear Parents: Save Some Money, Use Kindersay.

Kindersay… hmm… Design = beautifully simplistic, idea = nice, narrator = intriguing (I found myself watching her say “pencils” with complete awe– like the awe I had when I stared at Billy Ray Cyrus’s hair on Dancing with the Stars last season… intriguing, fascinating, addicting, confusing…).

It’s the last part of Michael’s review that I am siding with the most (the sarcasm at least)– why are we sooo dependent on others to educate our children? Spending time with kids, showing them the world, experiencing everything through their young eyes, marveling at the details of life we tend to over look– that’s what a pleasure only a parent gets!!

Plopping your baby in front of a computer for some strange (yet fascinating) woman to say “paint”? What a cop out.

Why do people keep limiting the bonding between themselves and their children? And then to use the term “education” to make it “all right”? Tch. Come on.

It’s great that Kindersay created a free program for parents who clearly can’t take the time to lift up a book and say “book” to their child. It just makes me sad that such a tool might be needed.

HOWEVER– for children learning other languages? This ain’t so bad. If this stuff was in Scottish Gaelic, I’d be ALL over it. Seriously.

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  1. Joi
    October 12, 2007 at 3:58 am

    What about the Elmo Pottytime “game”? When did every character on Sesame Street aquire a speech impediment and when did Elmo get a dad? I have been out of the loop too long…

  2. Pencil Lady
    October 15, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    I don’t envy parents nowadays. We live in a pretty dispicable age when just about everything is designed to turn your kids (and everyone, really) into good little consumers. Ravenous little consumers. And it is made incredibly difficult to keep your children from the grasp of advertisement and created needs.

    Is there anything that will ever substitute the time, energy and affection of a parent teaching their child how to communicate?

    No one, no matter how good their intentions, or how intriguing their face, can relay through a computer screen the love and attention that children need to learn.

    But the unfortunate reality is that parents are forced to work. The work “force”… An expression that makes you feel like you’re strong for working a shitty job you hate that takes you away from your family. More like the work “forced”. Because you’re spoonfed from childhood the notion that you are FORCED to work. Because you HAVE to buy buy buy. You “need” money to buy bigger better more stuff. Always more stuff to keep your family happy.

    Well the truth is that all your kids really need is for you to connect with them. You can certainly buy your way out of a relationship with your children. You can have them learn from faces on computers or on televisions. And that will make more human beings unable to relate, to have relationships, to connect with others, and more human that are addicted to the screen. A bright screen makes for a bright future for your kids. I don’t BUY it.

    Shut this thing off, and spend some time in reality with the most precious things you have in your life.

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