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Hannah Montana and the 10-day toys

Posted at 12:04 PM on October 22, 2007 by Melanie Sommer (1 Comments)

On this, the day after the big Hannah Montana concert in Minneapolis, I can only say thank goodness she's gone. Wow. The near-saturation coverage of the concert itself, and the near-hysterical attempt by some parents to get tickets to the concert, left me a little breathless.

My youngest daughter is 8, watches Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel faithfully, and sings Hannah Montana songs in the shower. She's in the target demo for that program, believe me. But when it became clear there was no way we were going to get tickets to Hannah's concert, I said to her, "Sorry, honey. Maybe next time."

I just can't get too worked up about the fact that she didn't go. And frankly, she's not worked up about it either. There are very few things in pop culture today -- for me or for my kids -- that are worth the time, money and frustration that some folks expended on this event.

For the same reason, I have become anti-"toy of the moment" when it comes to shopping for my kids, because the appeal of those toys wears off so quickly. Usually it takes about 10 days before they are abandoned at the bottom of the toybox, so that's why I call them "10-day toys." Remember Furbies? RoboPets? Tickle-me Elmo? Cabbage Patch dolls? And the ever popular Beanie Babies?

To me, it's pieces of the same whole. Kids want stuff or want to do stuff that's cool. Parents want to make their kids happy. But in the end, those things don't mean nearly as much as you think they will. To me, it's more important to let your kids know that they can't always get what they want. It's that simple.

Comments (1)

Thank goodness for sanity. I cannot believe all the hype over this concert and the ridiculous prices people paid. I agree with you completely. Next week will bring some other over-priced attraction that everyone thinks they must have. What I keep asking myself is, why would a parent feed into this sort of thing? What lesson does it teach their children other than the importance of "keeping up with the Jones'?"

Posted by Jennifer Huber | October 22, 2007 4:22 PM