Isn't it about time we stopped bribing our children with Christmas?
I hate Elf on the Shelf, The Naughty List and all of the other conditional crap that occurs at this time of year.
Unfortunately it is deep rooted in so many stories, films and songs that we re-play over and over at Christmas time. It is so frustrating too, as some of the stories, films and songs are my favourites. We have to remember that many of them are years and years old. Why are we not catching up with the evidence in our festivities? Actually why are we not catching up with the evidence in life?
Note: this is another BabyCalm and ToddlerCalm teacher's elf, that is most definitely not used for bribery / threats but for magic, fun and mischief!
He's going to find out who's naughty or nice...
Because formula companies don't care what you feed your baby - right?
You might feel like that mantra puts a lot of pressure on you and makes you feel like a failure when you can't provide the "best" for your baby. Well that isn't the only reason to hate it. The thing is that formula companies love the "breast is best" campaign, precisely because you hate it. They love it because it separates us into two categories (this is important). It pits us against each other: those who are breastfeeding and those who are using formula. Now those who are desperately struggling to breastfeed (and it can be bloody hard, especially at the start) and not getting much support, need to defend their reasons for this struggle (sometimes to themselves and close relatives even) by sticking to the "it's best" mantra, and those who formula feed feel attacked by this message. Now why do you think this benefits those who sell formula?