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Teach your baby programs

Who is at fault when people waste money on things like You're Baby Can Read or Baby Einstein - the people who sell the programs or the gullible parents who really think they can teach a baby to be smarter just by forcing him/her to watch tv until they memorize something?

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Asked by NotPanicking at 7:50 AM on Nov. 2, 2010 in Parenting Debate

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  • The parent for not researching it all out before purchase. Technically, the company is there to make money, so, it is their job to aggressively pitch their product and put a spin on it to look good. ALL products do this, just not at the same extreme they do. It our job as parents to look into and research everything and not blindly follow anyones idea or advice. Even doctors, schools...everything.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 8:23 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • I think the makers of these programs bear the fault also. They are misleading parents. And yes, parents need to do their research.

    Answer by elizabr at 8:33 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • I have a few Baby Einstein DVD's but they were given to me. I personally don't like them, they're kinda boring and very expensive if you have to buy them seperate ($15 for 26 minutes??).

    Answer by SweetPieMama24 at 8:51 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • Well clearly the creator of these knows that they're scamming parents into believing that they can make their child smarter. However, it is ultimately the parent's fault for buying into these products. Souly because the company wouldn't have a profit if nobody bought the product. Every company works on customer demand, so it is ultimately the parent's fault for pruchasing. A child learns best through personal interaction, especially with a parent or loved one. No child is going to develope faster through a program on the TV. All that does is instill what the parent has already helped them learn. I think that parents are too lazy these days though and are running to electronic devices to help their child succeed. Instead of sitting down with them and reading, coloring, playing with toys, etc. A child learns best through personal interaction, as well as through hands on learning.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 9:42 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • And PS to my post - have u seen the prices of those Your Baby Can Read DVD's?! OUTRAGEOUS!!!

    Answer by SweetPieMama24 at 9:48 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • memorization never makes you smarter, makes you have a greater bank of knowledge but not smarter. no one is to blame. there is a market for educational series and toys and a high demand for them.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 10:04 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • if you want to make your baby smarter then teach them, talk to them, read to them- don't plop them down in front of the TV... its the parent's responsibility

    Answer by elizabiza at 10:33 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • The company is putting a product out for sale and they are in it for the money, plain & simple. The parents are choosing such programs, nobody is forcing them to buy them.

    Answer by hootie826 at 4:09 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • I think parents get in this big rut of wanting their children to learn stuff to early, let your kids be kids, let them play believe it or not thats how they learn. They can't learn what concepts like hard and soft mean by just memorizing the words. They have to feel it. Anyone can memorize but they arent really learning and who wants their child burnt out when they start Kindergarten?

    Answer by Momabear455 at 10:19 AM on Nov. 3, 2010

  • I feel the parent's, the people that are making and selling it are the smart ones they know that their are gullible parent's out there.


    Answer by lapcounter at 10:42 AM on Nov. 3, 2010

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