Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What a waste

I like to see people involved, energized. Not just thinking about what's wrong, but what they can do to fix it. So I hate to criticize when people do get involved, find a cause and pursue it. But...

Parents call for boycott of Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls flavor

Seriously?? This is what you're getting up in arms about? Communicating with the media about? Trying to organize a boycott about? Because ice cream with a "vulgar" name is somehow harmful to children, oh you concerned moms?

Here's my suggestion, not that you asked or care what someone who thinks Schweddy Ball ice cream is funny and is downright in favor of Hubby Hubby ice cream (and the gay marriages that flavor is celebrating). I think if you really give a hoot about children, your time, energy, and resources might be better aimed at fighting cuts to education and arts programs. Perhaps creating some after-school activities that could include at-risk children. Maybe organize literacy drives, pairing tutors with children who aren't reading well. Team up with Big Brothers, Big Sisters because mentoring kids is one of the best things we can do to keep at-risk youth from going down a bad path. Buy books for libraries. Form softball leagues to get kids involved in team sports. (The stats for girls involved in teen sports are really encouraging. They go to college and they don't get pregnant at great rates.)

These are just a few ideas I came up with off the top of my head. I'm sure there are other things you could come up with, things that would suit your particular communities and interests. In short, there are lots and lots and lots of great things you can do to help children and show your concern as moms. None of them have anything to do with raising a stink about the name of a flavor of ice cream.

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