Some Youtube ponderings. (With a tip of the hat to Neatorama.)
Puking on TV
Here is a clip from a Swedish game show. The host suddenly vomits in a middle of a sentence, then jumps back up with a smile and explains to the audience the fact that she has severe menstrual pain, which makes her sick sometimes. (Check out the subtitling at the moment of the puke.) While I feel sympathy for the woman, I was also kinda thrilled to see someone talking about menstruation so matter-of-factly and openly on air.
[Probably best not to watch this if you’re feeling queasy right now.]
Lilly: The World Map Master Baby Genius
Baby Knows Presidents
These sorts of video performances are commonly disdained in terms of them being “performing seal” type recitals. The parents are reviled as pageant parents and competimummies, the tasks as meaningless drivel. Everyone shouts “Stolen childhood!”
But. How different is this from a child learning colours, letters, numbers, the names and noises of animals? Both of the babies seem to be having fun, particularly the first baby who is bouncing around and shouting “More!” I know my kid loved rote-learning and reciting the names of various things at that age, and repeating them over and over. Nothing about that precluded him “being a kid”, either – we spent plenty of time climbing in the playground and kicking a ball and building towers of blocks and noodling around down at the river, too.
I’m wondering whether the near-universal shout of “evil parents” is appropriate when all you are seeing is a one-minute clip on Youtube. The same shouters are probably just as quick to pronounce negative judgements when a kid hits first grade not knowing how to read – which is a perfectly valid way for a kindergarten child to be. And it’s hard to miss all the whining about how kids these days can’t find [insert country name here] on a map. All children are different, so why are we so quick to condemn families when the children are more than one standard deviation from the norm on a mythical standardised timetable – in any direction? Mummy-blaming, as always, reigns supreme.
What do you think?