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Last week I was at the store with Patrick and I tossed a box of Nestle Drumsticks into the carriage which was totally a brain-fart. I don’t know what I was thinking as I do TRY to avoid Nestle wherever possible. I mean they own, like, almost everything, which makes boycotting difficult but I do try to avoid the brands I know about! When I got to the checkout, Patrick saw the box and said “NO WAY MOM! We don’t buy Nestle junk. I’m putting this back.” And he ran back to the freezer. The cashier just looked at me, and I shrugged and said “I forgot we boycott them” and continued to unload my cart. When he came back, the cashier asked him why he didn’t like Nestle, didn’t he like ice cream?
And Patrick looked at her, aghast, and said “Nestle does things that the World Health people don’t like. They make formula that babies in other countries drink and then sometimes they get sick and die because the water isn’t clean. They’re a bad company.”
The cashier looked confused and didn’t say anything else. I was proud that my kid feels so strongly about what he believes is right and wrong, and at the same time I was so surprised to see how closely he pays attention to what I say. The kid is purely awesome, and a better activist than I am, that’s for sure.
While we are talking about informed children and ice cream, let’s talk about how much fun it is to have the kids yelling “Beaver butt juice is EVERYWHERE!!!” when you are just trying to purchase a frozen treat!
My kids won’t eat/drink anything with strawberry “flavoring” (except actual strawberries) since they learned that some strawberry, raspberry and vanilla flavoring has beaver anal gland secretions as an additive…. So now they call it “beaver butt juice” which makes for some awkward moments when you’re out in public!
It’s kind of scary to think about how everything we say and do shapes the thoughts and opinions of our children. Even a silly comment over breakfast (beaver glands anyone?) can be tucked away and saved to be pulled out months later in a crowded aisle of the grocery store. Raising kids to be knowledgeable about the world we live in is tricky… You have to practice what you preach and stay on your toes all the time! Has something like this ever happened to you? Do you have little activists in your home?