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5 Things I Wish Would Just Go Away!

As a mom I have to pick my battles, but there are things – stupid things – that make picking those battles way harder than they need to be.

We may live in a world of consumerism but marketing to my kids outside of television screen leaves me exhausted and frustrated. Nearly everywhere I turn my kids are faced with temptation of the sugary, fun, or adventurous variety while I get stuck holding the unfun bag of disappointment.

“Mommy never says yes,” laments my 4 year old and in a lot of ways he’s right. Mommy never does say yes because doing so will forever haunt my chances of ever saying no again.

I hereby offer this personal plea to consumer giants and leaders of industry to STOP with these 5 things:

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  • Candy at the checkout lane 1 of 5
    Candy at the checkout lane
    I'm standing behind that lovely lady in the blue sweater trying to control my sugar-obsessed 4 year old from launching into an epic meltdown over a damn Push Pop. I may be able to avoid the candy aisle, but avoiding the checkout lane is sure to land me in jail.
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  • Random balloonage 2 of 5
    Random balloonage
    Open house balloons, sale balloons, grand opening balloons and the like cause me more problems than I care to admit. Yes Honey, there are balloons. Yes Honey, balloons are fun. No Honey, these balloons are not for you.
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  • Coin-operated rides 3 of 5
    Coin-operated rides
    Outside every grocery store sits these awful coin-operated rides just begging to earn your 75 cents of fun. Only they're not fun, they're lame and expensive.
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  • Loose candy vending machines 4 of 5
    Loose candy vending machines
    If the Health Department isn't monitoring these germy death traps, they should. I shudder to think how often these machines are cleaned and how often the candy gets replaced. Grody.
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  • School fundraisers 5 of 5
    School fundraisers
    I can't blame the public school system, they're struggling for funding. What I do have a problem with are the fundraising assemblies that get my kid all pumped to sell $900 worth of overpriced wrapping paper just so he can earn a pizza party. Kid, I'll throw you a pizza party for one-tenth the cost.
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What do you wish as a mother would just go away?

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