Thursday, December 3, 2009
Parents Are Getting Dumber
I remember as a kid, there was nothing my dad couldn't build. After my parents divorced, my mom would buy me models and different things to keep me occupied. She could figure it all out, and if not, my uncles and father could help me get it all squared away.
In fact, all of my friends had friends or parents that could help them build things.
I guess I come from a generation of smart parents. Even now, my wife can put together all sorts of puzzles and I've seen a lot of different things come by me that I can build.
I don't get frustrated with Ikea things or anything like that.
So when I ran into an article that claimed parents are avoiding buying things that have a lot of parts and are confused as to how to build them, I wonder if parents are really getting dumber. I understand time and restraint, but Lego Star Wars items and models with many different parts aren't stupid. Seriously, what is wrong with parents today?
I just don't see it.
Toys that required assembly were once an end in themselves, and their elaborate instructions made the process fun. These days, parents shopping for their kids don’t have much of a choice. “Toys do have more parts today,” a store owner tells the New York Times. Shipping flat and not assembling at the factory “keeps the costs down. It’s the Ikea model.” But even parents who appreciate the savings have that distinct Ikea feeling when they open the box. "Just looking at the Lego packages makes me cringe," says one.
Src - Newser