Kids rule the roost, say experts

UK families face consumer pressure, says report

This one has it all, from, 'It's not your fault you cant control your kids", to a good measure of corporation bashing.
Shopping centre Researchers found family life in the UK suffered from too much spending and not enough time together

We didn't need research to tell us that. Families spend far too much on everything from the latest trainers to the biggest telly. That's why they are all so much in debt. They do this because they have been told they deserve everything they want in life without actually having to work for it. It's their human right or some such.

They don't spend enough time together because they have been paid by the government to have a bunch of children they never really wanted, can't be bothered with and don't want to be around.

Not their fault though. It's all those nasty corporations.
Parents in the UK feel powerless before the consumer pressures on their children, suggests international research into family life.

The study by Unicef, comparing families in the UK, Sweden and Spain, found UK parents buying high status brands to "protect" their children from bullying.

That's a good one. They must have the most expensive trainers and track suits because they will be bullied otherwise

The report also found parents in Sweden and Spain found it easier to "set clear boundaries for their children".

Now why would that be? Is it because parents in Sweden and Spain are not a bunch of feckless numbskulls who were brought up by a bunch of bleeding heat lefties who took away any notion of personal responsibility?

Researchers have now looked in depth at the particular pressures on UK parents and children - comparing the experiences of 24 families in the UK and two other Western European countries.
This found that family life was "part of the fabric of everyday life" in Sweden and Spain.
But in the UK families felt under much greater pressure - worried about a shortage of time with their children and feeling unable to resist the "materialism" of modern childhood.

It's the parents responsibility to resist materialism and bring the children up to do the same. Family life is not 'part of the fabric of everyday life' in England because the are no more family values. It's now perfectly acceptable to have a bunch of kids to a bunch of sperm donors and expect the taxpayer to foot the bill of two, five or ten sets of trainers, Ipods and X-Boxes. Again, this stems from the hand wringing lefties who brought these people up for the last fourteen tears.

Fears about not having the right brand of trainers or electronic gadgets for children meant that parents in the UK, particularly those on low incomes, felt they had to buy these goods, even if it meant getting into debt.

That's because they are idiots. They have absolutely no sense of priority and no idea how to teach their kids the value of money You would think those on low incomes know how much money is worth more than anyone, but the fact is, it's those who get given the most free stuff by the government. If you give people life on a plate, they soon forget the value of money and material possession becomes more important than personal responsibility.
In comparison, Dr Nairn said that parents in Spain and Sweden seemed to find it easier to refuse to buy goods for their children - and that there seemed to be much less pressure to have particular brands.

I'm tempted to keep going back to the 'socialist edcation' here. Not knowing a lot about life in Spain and Sweden (never been), I'm assuming that things are a lot different over there. Can their greater sense of responsibility be put down to not having to live under a socialist government?
In Sweden there are tougher limits on advertising aimed at young people, which Dr Nairn said could be a factor in a less consumerist culture.

Oh. My Mistake. They have tougher laws on advertising. That makes sense, and now this report is starting make more sense too. What do the health campaigners want for the UK? Tougher restrictions on advertising. We are so stupid that if we see something advertised we just have to go out and buy it. That is actually true for a lot of people, particularly families like the ones in this report. It isn't true for all of us though. Never the less, us that can think for ourselves must still be subject to the governments nannying. God forbid they actually do something useful like get rid of the entitlement culture.

I wonder what the Swedish would say about this? Yes, you need tougher advertising laws or, you're all a bunch of muppets who can't think for yourselves?

Children also reported how much they enjoyed sports and outside activities - but again in the UK this was under pressure from the amount of time spent in front of television and computer screens.

And whose fucking fault is that? If children want to enjoy outside activities, all they need to do is bloody well go outside. It's not difficult.

I think what they are really saying is that the government need to provide more outdoor activities at the taxpayers expense. Play that hasn't been organised by a government sponsored jobsworth is very much frowned upon these days. And it doesn't create non jobs.
Children's Minister Sarah Teather responded to the survey by saying: "We know strong, stable families are the bedrock of a successful society. We want to make sure all families have the help and support they need."

In other words, we will continue using other people money to nanny families.

And what the hell is a children's minister. As if children need a minister.

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