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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 21, 2006 / 29 Elul, 5766

Attention, shoppers: Zombie tot in aisle 9

By Lenore Skenazy


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's the problem: You want to go shopping, but you're stuck with the kids. What's a parent to do?


Easy! Thorazine. One quick shot and their eyes roll up. Their little bodies go limp. They won't even know you've left them in the car! The only snag is that drugging your kids is illegal. So, I think, is the car part.


But drugging them with TV? Completely legit! Which explains why a New Zealand company called Cabco has invented a car-shaped shopping cart equipped with a kiddie seat, steering wheel and, yes, a real TV.


Your children may never bug you again. Your children may never notice you again. They'll be too busy with their REAL friends: Barney, Bob the Builder or The Wiggles — the current choices on Cabco's "karts."


"It teaches them to enjoy the shopping experience," says Doug Bartlett, Cabco's head of new business development. Already the carts are in a hundred Wal-Marts, as well as several grocery chains in the Midwest and Southeast. "Unfortunately," Bartlett added, "we're probably five or six months away from coming to New York."


You mean we might have to wait half a year before the carts come and lobotomize our toddlers? Darn!


Now, I know that shopping with kids is not necessarily a picnic. Or, worse, sometimes it is — they grab the M&M's off the shelf and start sucking the bag. Gross. (And dumb.) But you know what? Shopping with kids is something we've done for centuries without requiring extra stimuli. In fact, shopping is extremely stimulating in its own right. Look, bunny, this bag is orange! This box is square! This spinach is crawling with E. coli!


These are — gaggable as it sounds — "teachable moments." And sometimes they're very nice moments, too, as your sweetie sits in the little seat, facing you and babbling away. Now they'll be as dulled out as they are when they watch TV at home.


Cabco's Bartlett insists this is not so: "TV is only one element of the experience. Kids are much more interested in the [pretend] driving experience. It's only when the cart stops and they get bored that they look at the TV."


But that's the most worrisome part of all — the idea that children need to fill in all their "boring" moments with TV. Isn't that the very definition of addiction: the need for another fix as soon as the drug wears off?


Kids already live in a way too TV-saturated world. They see it at home and then in the minivan, and now parents can even get "Sesame Street" vignettes on their cell phones. Here kid, watch this! Now get in the cart and watch something else!


How can reality possibly compete with all this slick entertainment?


While the prospect of shopping with a non-nagging child sounds pleasant, shopping with a TV addict growing ever more bored with the world around him does not.


So when the TV carts get here, avoid them. Shop elsewhere. And if your kid gets really whiny, give him an M&M's bag to suck. At least it won't ruin him for life.

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