Thursday, February 16, 2012

SHORT AND SWEET - I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY!

Hi Everyone!  I've got something I want to get off my chest because it's really bugging me.  I understand that PR's/companies want Mom's with young children at home to review their products like toys, movies/cartoons, clothes, vacuums, food, well just everything that has to do with children/young adults that are living at home.  Okay, I understand that, and I know that some bloggers have their hands full with these reps just filling up their mailbox.

Now, I've been a young adult to motherhood to a single mom, worked, and raised four children all by myself.  I had the help of my mom, but mostly my children, and especially my oldest daughter. We worked together, and now they're grown, married, and have given me nine beautiful grandchildren and I have remarried my soul-mate since then, and am very happy with my entire family.

Okay, I'm a blogger now and above is a very short synopsis of my experience with family.  I go to fill out a form, and the first thing are you married - yes.  Do you have children?  Yes.  How many children under the age of 18 live at home?  0.  Thank  you and have a nice day!  How ridiculous and actually unfair is that?  All you ladies out there over 40 and have children that are grown and out on their own possibly or even still at home did you forget how to put a diaper on a baby or how to wash their clothes or take care of them when their sick?  Did you forget what they like to play with or watch on TV or what they should, and should not have or do or maybe forget how to clean house when children are around or fix things or maybe being past 40 we're too OLD to know these things.  Isn't this discrimination?

Do we not have children that come over, and like the old cliche' goes, "Spoil them and send them home", but are they not there?  Do we not take care of them?  Don't some of us watch them while their parents are at work all day long, but yet we still are omitted from these companies to review their products.  CAN SOMEBODY EXPLAIN THIS TO ME?  AM I WRONG OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE?  I think I'm a pretty good blogger, and aren't we all still learning something new every day?  Do we not by our young grandbabies clothes, toys etc.  Does this not tell us what company to look into and what ones not too?  Nope, don't get it at all.  I personally feel some of these companies should broaden their horizons, and take on the ones that are learning, and keep the ones that have already learned. 

Okay, I've said my piece.  I feel better now.  Thanks for listening/reading.
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14 comments:

Natalie said...

I am a young. I do not do any reviews myself but this sounds totally wrong. Next time, you make sure to answer the question about children in your home under 18 equal to the grandchildren you have!

Jackie said...

I agree. Maybe the question after "# of children under 18 at home" should be "# of grandchildren"

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I think about that kind of thing because my kids are over 18, but my readership is largely comprised of those who have younger children, so I don't seem to have that issue.

I'm sorry that you are. :(

kailani said...

They shouldn't make the questions so black and white. They should give you a chance to explain why you'd make a great blogger to review their product.

Dominique@Dominique's Desk said...

I hear you..they should not discriminate you due to age or status. I too when I say I'm in Singapore they don't get back to me as many giveaways/reviews are not for international bloggers- real bummer!!.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I can see both sides of the argument because companies don't want to send out products to people who don't "qualify," but at the same time, I think they're thinking of people like me who have no experience OR kids.

You on the other hand, you HAVE the experience, and technically, you DO have the kids-they're just grandkids.

I think you are justified in this argument Mrs. Dolly!

Kari said...

I can see where you're coming from. My four kids are teens/tweens but I'm constantly pitched for baby/toddler products. I feel like so many blogging opportunities are centered around young moms with young kids and babies. I think some of the PR reps don't look beyond that.

Tracy Wilson said...

Hi Marie- It's Tracy..(started a new blog and didnt want you to think i was stalking, lol)

I believe this is ageism. We studied it in sociology...not a good thing. Join the growing ranks. It's ridiculous. Over 40 is the BEST time...older and wiser:)

Don't let them get you down.
Tracy

Stacy Uncorked said...

I think there really should be a consideration for 'experience' and for grandchildren too - especially since grandparents tend to buy more/spend more money spoiling their grandkids. ;)


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CMash said...

I definitely agree.

JamericanSpice said...

I can see where you are coming from Doll. I honestly think they should include grand children.

And I also agree that they should give fresh bloggers a chance, not just stick to one set with the same views. Mix it up!

Happy weekend!

Introducing Mr. Cool said...

I totally see your point, and you would think companies would want both sides of the fence. Just starting out and the ones with experience.

~ Noelle said...

i agree completely... and yes, i say you should tell them about the grandkids...
lol
hope you are well

Lorie Shewbridge said...

I 100% wholeheartedly agree!
I'm in the same boat as you. I haven't forgotten everything I've known about raising kids just because my boys are 21 & 24. I've got grandkids that I learn all kinds of info for and buy TONS of gifts for.
Power to the Grandparents!! =)

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