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No Einstein in Your Crib? Get a Refund
nytimes.com ^ | October 23, 2009 | TAMAR LEWIN

Posted on 10/24/2009 4:49:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Parent alert: the Walt Disney Company is now offering refunds for all those ”Baby Einstein” videos that did not make children into geniuses.

They may have been a great electronic baby sitter, but the unusual refunds appear to be a tacit admission that they did not increase infant intellect.

“We see it as an acknowledgment by the leading baby video company that baby videos are not educational, and we hope other baby media companies will follow suit by offering refunds,” said Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which has been pushing the issue for years.

Baby Einstein, founded in 1997, was one of the earliest players in what became a huge electronic media market for babies and toddlers. Acquired by Disney in 2001, the company expanded to a full line of books, toys, flashcards and apparel, along with DVDs including “Baby Mozart,” “Baby Shakespeare” and “Baby Galileo.”

The videos — simple productions featuring music, puppets, bright colors, and not many words — became a staple of baby life: According to a 2003 study, a third of all American babies from 6 months to 2 years old had at least one “Baby Einstein” video.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: babyeinstein; childhood; disney; psychology

1 posted on 10/24/2009 4:49:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Face it, folks. These things never had a chance of working.

Kids are chuckleheads - your included. Just unclench and enjoy the glorious mess that they are until they turn into teenagers and suddenly know way more than you ever did ;-)


2 posted on 10/24/2009 4:54:39 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Parents who want their children to be Democrat United States Senators purchase and use “Baby Frankenstein.” But it’s only worked once so far.


3 posted on 10/24/2009 4:56:41 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: mrs. a

Yikes - that should be “yours included.”

Now who’s the chucklehead?


4 posted on 10/24/2009 4:56:51 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: mrs. a
Heh ... I had to chuckle after reading your comment.

I prefer to look at kids 0 - 3 or 4 as acid heads. Certainly for the first year almost everything is brand new and, "Oh wow, man" worthy to them ... sights, sounds, smells, tastes, ... everything.

They are also absorbent little sponges, just sucking up and in everything they receive ... especially language.

The true chucklehead is the younger teenage boy ... 12 - 15 or 16 ... now THERE is a specimine of life-form that defies logic, reason and perhaps even definition.

5 posted on 10/24/2009 5:03:30 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I was always amused by those parents who would pipe the music of Mozart into their baby’s room for hours on end in an effort to make him/her “smarter.” Not that the music of Mozart isn’t pleasant to listen to but but it’s just funny how people will superstitiously do things that have no basis in scientific fact just because they read about it in a magazine article somewhere - or saw it on Oprah.


6 posted on 10/24/2009 5:03:49 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 9 days away from outliving Laura Branigan)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

LOL!


7 posted on 10/24/2009 5:09:40 AM PDT by Tax-chick (God is great, and wine is good, and people are crazy.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’d never return the videos we own. My son loved them. I never had the expectation that he’d become a genius from watching them, either.

You have the option of choosing which language the show is in. I usually picked French or Spanish, and he learned quite a few words in those languages as a result. He’s 3 now and every once and a while, I’ll let him watch one. He gets nostalgic - if that’s possible for a 3 year old.

Any parent who expected their kid to get much of anything out of those videos needs their head examined.


8 posted on 10/24/2009 5:16:57 AM PDT by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
“Baby Einstein” was just an ingenious way separate some over expectant parents from some of their money.
9 posted on 10/24/2009 5:25:55 AM PDT by liberateUS
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To: SamAdams76
I was always amused by those parents who would pipe the music of Mozart into their baby’s room for hours on end in an effort to make him/her “smarter.” Not that the music of Mozart isn’t pleasant to listen to but but it’s just funny how people will superstitiously do things that have no basis in scientific fact just because they read about it in a magazine article somewhere - or saw it on Oprah.

We played classical or jazz at times to our sons. Never hard rock or heavy metal. They seemed to turn out okay.

I wonder what little tykes turn out like if they are exposed to Ozzie Osbourne or some other heavy metal rock band for extended periods?

10 posted on 10/24/2009 5:30:10 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Now try Baby O'bama!

30 minutes of blank tape...

11 posted on 10/24/2009 5:43:14 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: raybbr

Hearing-impaired, probably. My family has a Spanish church band, and the little boys get confused when they hear Christian music in English ... but the teens still insist on listening to metal. I assume they’ll grow out of it eventually.


12 posted on 10/24/2009 5:50:59 AM PDT by Tax-chick (God is great, and wine is good, and people are crazy.)
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To: raybbr
"I wonder what little tykes turn out like if they are exposed to Ozzie Osbourne "

Don't be sayin' bad stuff about Ozzy. Your touching on a personal soft spot!

hehe

13 posted on 10/24/2009 6:13:14 AM PDT by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Probably was a better influence than Deadwood DVD’s.


14 posted on 10/24/2009 6:16:26 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

How about some Baby Limbaugh CDs and DVDs? Have to turn the kids away from early. Maybe even some prenatal version just so the kid isn’t warped by the obstetrician. :-)


15 posted on 10/24/2009 6:34:29 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Soon everyone will win a Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush...well, except for George Bush.)
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To: knarf
The true chucklehead is the younger teenage boy ... 12 - 15 or 16 ... now THERE is a specimine of life-form that defies logic, reason and perhaps even definition.

My 9 year old grand son is precocious, he's already there.

16 posted on 10/24/2009 6:35:55 AM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: SamAdams76
I was always amused by those parents who would pipe the music of Mozart into their baby’s room for hours on end in an effort to make him/her “smarter.”

Like sleeping with a book under your pillow to absorb what's in it.

17 posted on 10/24/2009 6:37:27 AM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
With all the PC crap Disney puts out, someone should have put out a line of "Baby Kaczynski", "Baby Polanski", and "Baby Michael Jackson" T-shirts. /sarc>

Cheers!

18 posted on 10/24/2009 6:51:08 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: raybbr
I wonder what little tykes turn out like if they are exposed to Ozzie Osbourne or some other heavy metal rock band for extended periods?

Surf on over to DU for the answer.

Cheers!

19 posted on 10/24/2009 6:52:42 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
The Annointed One

Cheers!

20 posted on 10/24/2009 6:59:06 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Hmmm, our boys watched endless repeats of their favorite firefighter videos, Richard Scarry cartoons, Veggie Tales, and our younger son loved construction videos and heavy equipment. Now that they’re 14 and 16, they’re honor students who love all things electronic. The younger one plans to work in mechanical engineering or industrial design one day, and is very good at building things with his very capable dad. The only connection I see between their early childhood videos and current tendencies is that our 14 year old always liked working with materials of construction in some form - just like my husband. No firefighters, no dancing vegetables, and no silly cartoonish kids in the family - just good kids who learn technical stuff quickly. I’d put more on genetics and parental involvement than videos. We’ve invested the time talking to them, building Pinewood cars together, involving them in home repairs . . . the old-fashioned way of raising kids.


21 posted on 10/24/2009 9:11:16 AM PDT by Think free or die (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money - M.Thatcher)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Ka-Ching, My daughter has every one ever made.


22 posted on 10/24/2009 10:54:11 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama: Grasping at Straw Men)
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