When I was a kid, the powers that be were always drilling us with anti-smoking and anti-pollution. The idea being that our parents were lost, but the next generation could be trained to be better, healthier citizens.
[The commercial with the Crying Indian (or, crying Italian-American guy pretending to be Indian) apparently came out somewhere around my second birthday, but it was still being shown when I was old enough to understand it.]
It totally worked with a lot of people. It worked with me. We hit our parents with the same stuff. My mom smoked, and we gave her a fair amount of hell about it. And we were appropriately shocked and upset when people littered.
I just saw a Visa commercial where some kid is showing his dad how to be less damaging to the environment. Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth and such.
Visa has their setup: “Water cup, two dollars.” And so on until their “priceless” line. So, in this case, I guess the eight-year-old has his own Visa card, but other than that, I get the idea.
Now, I don’t let the water run and run while I brush my teeth (or do the dishes). I recycle. Etc. So I wonder what my daughter is going to bug me about.
What’s the next big moral or practical lesson that my kids will be hitting me with? Something that I’m not already doing. Predictions are hard, because if I could know what it was, maybe I’d do it now and nip her little holier-than-thou attitude in the bud.
Or maybe it’s something like, “eat less chocolate,” which I already know about, but ignore.