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Pinkaboos Podcast – Episode 1

Hello Pinkafans and welcome to the Pinkaboos Podcast – Episode 1! In this episode, Pinkaboos co-author, Jake Gosselin, reads the Prologue and first 2 chapters of The Pinkaboos: Bitterly and the Giant Problem. As with each episode you can expect more than just a reading though so come join us and have some fun!

Boosting kids self confidence!

 

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I have gathered 4 amazing articles on boosting you kids self esteem and confidence.Which is very important especially with school starting!

Here are the links:

http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/self_esteem.html#

http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/confidence.html#

http://selfesteem.dove.ca/en/Articles/Written/Boosting_self-

esteem.aspxhttp://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/how-to-build-your-childs-self-

Losing Scooby Doo: What Have They Done to the Female Characters?

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Our six-year-old daughter has always been a huge fan of Scooby Doo. We started her on the old cartoons and now she has moved on to watching the new ones (Scooby Doo!: Mystery Incorporated), which, admittedly are targeted to older kids. That said, as a parent who enjoyed the original antics of Scooby, Shaggy, Velma and the gang, I was saddened to see how the plot lines have turned.

Sure, the writing is as tongue-and-cheek as it has always been – and at times – very clever. Both kids and parents can enjoy a good laugh at the expense of those “meddling kids” and the mystery solving element is always fun. However, I couldn’t help but notice how Daphne and Velma’s motives have changed since the original. Daphne, although still an enthusiastic mystery solver, is in love with Fred. There’s a particularly disturbing scene where he wakes her up and she’s laying in bed wearing revealing lingerie. My husband and I both exchanged wide-eyed looks. Why?

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Although there’s still the spooky, mystery solving plot line, Daphne mostly cares about her relationship with Fred, how he perceives her and whether or not he’ll ask her to prom. The joke is that Fred is asexual and notices none of her advances.

At least we still have Velma, right? Wrong. Velma is now stupidly obsessed with Shaggy. Not only is she obsessed with him, she also nags him on his style and poor articulation… (“Like, sandwiches, anyone?”) Velma is portrayed as a controlling  girl with low self-esteem. To add insult to injury, producers felt the need to also put Velma in swimwear. Why?

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What I always admired about Scooby Doo was how the show taught kids about using evidence to come to rational conclusions. Monsters and ghosts always had a logical explanation, but to get to the answer, the viewer had to figure out the clues. Kids, especially young girls, are bombarded with enough sexuality through media and the Internet to last a lifetime. Whether it’s through Disney Princesses or Ever After High, childrens’ programming is continuing to “program” them on the idealized female physique. And now, Scooby Doo is losing the innocent fun of mystery solving in favor of putting the female characters in swimsuits. What’s the point? Can’t we allow kids to enjoy a simple, fun show without sexualizing the females… who seem to just pine for romantic relationships? Why have the show’s producers turned on their female characters? Velma and Daphne are no longer strong, independent mystery solvers. All they care about is their relationships with men who treat them poorly. What’s the message in that?