What are you doing with your life?
It’s been a busy month of May and I know it’s been awhile since I’ve sent one of these, but I’ve saved up some pretty good links I’d like to share.
I’ve come across another newsletter which I aspire to be like called The New Fatherhood. If you’re interested in anything that I share, I know it’ll be right up your alley.
Dr. Toon: When Reagan Met Optimus Prime
Reading this was like someone punching you in the gut and stealing your toys away from you, because in a sense, it’s exactly what it does. I did not know there were laws that limited advertising during children’s programming in the 1970’s. Reagan and his FCC commissioner abolished those during his administration. It makes sense to me now, as a grown adult with two children, but when I was a child, these toys were everything to me. Transformers, He Man, and Thundercats were toys and series that stood out in my memory. My Little Pony and Care Bears stood out to my wife. It also changed my view on Ronald Reagan who allowed the deregulation of the toy industry and allowed businesses to advertise to children in the name of capitalism. Such a fascinating article for those of us on the older spectrum of Millennials who are now parents.
To balance that previous article out, here’s an issue of the aforementioned The New Fatherhood where I found that article. It also covers really good TV shows for different age groups. On that list is my all time favorite, Bluey. It’s really well done. It’s short, each episode is only about 7 minutes. It realistically portrays life with kids (see the Takeout episode). It’s also very heartfelt. Baby Race comes close to making me cry every time I watch it. Season 2 was recently made available on Disney+. Check out the list of recommendations to see if there’s anything you haven’t seen.
Every child on their own trampoline
We’re always trying to provide the best for our children, when is it too much?
I hate to end on such a heavy article, but I could not help but share this. In 2018, Julie Yip-Williams was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This is the letter she left for her two daughters.
I love Kurzgesagt videos. This video is not totally in line with the rest of their content except that it is really well done. I didn’t mean this issue to be so dark, but the humbling reality is is that we’re not here forever. It’s a good reminder to make the most of our time here.