Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Attitude is Learned


How wrong is this commercial? Let me count the ways.
Entitlement. Unthankfulness. Vanity. Oh my, I could go on.

I remember when we first got our minivan. Somebody joked: No more cool car. Now you're a minivan mom.
The truth is: I loved that minivan. It was big. It had room for our three kids AND all their stuff and friends could ride with us. And it turned on a dime. I loved that thing!

But now, we joke about how utilitarian our 15 passenger van is. It doesn't have 18 cup-holders. It doesn't have reclining benches. It doesn't have a lot of things, frankly. But it does have 7 of my children. And a huge trunk. And we can now take a whole 'nother family with us (as long as they're a small family).
I love our big giant van. LOVE it! And the kids do too. They love all the leg room they have now. They love that we can fit two weeks worth of groceries in the trunk (and for us, that's a whole lotta groceries) and still have room for all their footballs and soccer balls (because you never know when you might need them). They love that they can lie down in the back on long trips.

Protect your children from the self-centered media. Teach them what nonsense it is to say "you deserve it" in light of scripture. Teach them that being a good steward of their money is more valuable than feeding their pride.

And be thankful for the vehicle God gave you to transport your most precious cargo.



P.S. What's up with a boy wearing skin-tight jeans? Is that the fad for boys too now? Oh my! Skin tight jeans and a girlie haircut. Ugh. I have no words.

8 comments:

Melissa said...

I am glad I am not the only one that saw this about this commercial. My kids have no idea how uncool our bought so cheap it was amazing Chevrolet Astro is! For which I am thankful all around for.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Melissa said...

I am glad I am not the only one that saw this about this commercial. My kids have no idea how uncool our bought so cheap it was amazing Chevrolet Astro is! For which I am thankful all around for.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Midlife Army Wife said...

I posted about that commercial too!
http://midlifearmywife.com/blog/2010/11/08/perspective/

It's sad how the entitlement starts so young! I love your van! Perfect for a family with so many blessings!

April said...

I am happy to know I am not alone! My boys and I happened to catch that commercial one night. It prompted a nice little discussion on respect and thankfulness.

Nicole said...

I watched this commercial and thought "Are people so shallow they will buy a vehicle based on their 6 year olds approval or what other parents in the pick up line at school will think?"

I'm greatfull for my little focus that gets dh back and forth to work everyday.

Nealy said...

My initial responses to that commercial the first time I saw it were: brat, terrible hair, terrible outfit, terrible attitude, disrespectful, and a household run by a kid. All bad messages! I may send Toyota a link to this blog post!

~Stephanie said...

That commercial bothered me too! One of Brandon's coworkers teases about our "soccer mom mini van" with a dent in the back, but it's alllllllllllllmost paid off and I'm SO thankful for that!

Ruth said...

Reminds me of this blog post: http://www.butfirstwehavecoffee.com/2009/09/kid-power/