Last month, Terry and I joined the 21st century by upgrading our cable TV, which quadrupled the number channels our kids, I mean we, can watch. Now, instead of watching the same 7 episodes of Clifford the Big Red Dog over and over again on PBS, I've got four kid-friendly stations for my kids to choose from.
While we’re all enjoying the variety of shows—I can’t get enough of the adorable Chica the Chicken on Sprout TV—I’m not too happy to be exposing my kids to commercials for the first time. Because most of the commercials are for cleaning products, I thought they were geared toward the parents watching these shows along with their children.
But I was wrong. After viewing a commercial for the new Woolite Rug Stick, James said, “Mommy, we need to buy this to make our carpet beautiful.” This commercial depicting a woman getting rid of carpet stains with toxic foam helped Woolite win over a new customer at the tender age of 3.
Thanks to these commercials, it’s no wonder that the average American household accumulates up to 100 pounds of hazardous household waste, including cleaning products, paints, oils, batteries and pesticides. Commercial-free television really does come at a price.
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