Toys, Marketing & Consumerism

Hi ladies!

I came across an interesting video and website about toy marketing and commercialization. Don’t know if anyone has seen them before, but nevertheless I just thought it be would be interesting to share 😀

If you can’t view the vid, the link is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maeXjey_FGA. The whole film is on youtube too!

This website also has a lot of other resources related to the topic.

http://truceteachers.org/index.htm

🙂

Idayu

We Pray for the Children…

We pray for the children who sneak snacks before meals,
who erase holes in their papers (especially precious drawing paper),
who can never seem to find their things for shower.

And we pray for those who watch photographers from behind barbed wires,
who can’t skip down the street in a new pair of child-sized shoes,
who count trash bits but never a toy,
who are born in places where we wouldn’t be caught dead,
who never go places or have time to be coy,
who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children who give us sticky kisses and fistfuls of pet rocks,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their socks.
And we pray for those who never get food,
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
who watch as their parents watch them die,
who can’t even find crumbs to loot,
who don’t even have rooms to clean up,
whose pictures won’t even make it on the obituaries,
whose monsters aren’t in cupboards yet are very real.

We pray for children who are daddy’s girls and mummy’s boys,
who throw tantrums in malls and fuss over their food,
who don’t like ghost stories before bedtime,
who shove dirty laundry under the bed,
who trail muddy footprints from outdoors to bathtub,
who get visits from Santa and the tooth fairy,
who don’t like to be mollycoddled in front of others,
who fidget in class and scream in the phone,
whose tears we sometimes smile at and
whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those whose nightmares come in the daytime,
who will eat anything (and I mean, anything),
who have never seen a dentist,
who aren’t spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
who don’t have fluffy beds to lie on,
who wake up and move around, but don’t really live.

We pray for children who want to be carried,
and for those who never even felt a caregiver’s loving touch,
who we never give up on,
and for those who never even get a second chance.
For those we smother
in hugs and kisses…
and for those who will grab the hand
of anyone kind enough to offer it.

 

Watched a documentary on street children, hence the inspiration to write this. May we never forget how blessed we truly are, to not have grown up knowing the horrors that some children live with every day. And may we always remember to never leave behind any child who comes under our care to face their ‘monsters’ alone.

Amanda Seah (Cohort Four)