Shocking “Child’s” Product Offered at Local Store Makes Me Ask WTH?
Like everyone else we were doing some holiday shopping this weekend. My co-host Ken Hayes has a new baby girl and we thought we would restock her daily necessities for Christmas rather than toys or more baby clothes. While I was picking up no tears shampoo, I decided it would be a good place to get something fun for bath time for Ken’s 5 year old, Zach. There was bath time crayons, markers and then I saw THIS…are you SERIOUS?
Should the word toy and razor even BE used in the same sentence? I realize that there are some kids that need to be enticed to take a bath. I also know that if a child sits and watches the male figure in their life shave from day to day a certain curiosity exists. “Why do you do that”? “Why don’t I grow hair on my face”? “Does it hurt”? Eventually you’ll hear, “when can I shave”?
While parents may be thinking this will be fun for my kid to mimic me shaving or maybe THIS will get him in the bath tub quicker at night. You have to think a bit further. I immediately thought of how this could be dangerous.
Especially if your child isn’t quite old enough to comprehend the difference between ‘your’ razor and ‘his’ toy one. Picture this: You’re busy in the kitchen preparing dinner for guests that will be arriving soon and you mention that you still have to get ready. Your toddler decides he has to get ready too and goes to the bathroom. You’ve cleaned and put his TOY RAZOR under the sink. Usually it’s on the tub and now he can’t find it, doesn’t know where you put it but knows where he can find one. He’s watches the male figure in his life reach for that razor every day. Do I need to go on? What a horrible thought! Some will think that would/could never happen or that I’m overreacting. Maybe. But, when it comes to your child shouldn’t you take every precaution for safety?
This commercial from the mid 70’s (I actually remember seeing it on TV, ha!) is what I think of when I see Mr. Bubble. A dirty kid sitting in a tub over flowing with bubbles. It’s sad that a child’s product, trusted by parents for decades lost sight of safety while reinventing themselves in hopes to generate revenue.