My son watched 30 minutes of CBS' Nick Jr. this morning while his dad packed lunch for the pool. This is the only commercial television he's watched in a month. (Well, not counting PBS, but don't even get me started about their deceptive "commercial free" self-promotion...)
ON THE WAY TO THE POOL:
4-year-old: Can you turn my music a little louder? You know, Mom and Dad, if we had a Kia Sedona, I could use the little control center that flips down from the ceiling. I could reach it myself.
Mom: What? Where did you hear of a Kia Sedona?
Kid: (Adopts a worldly tone and shrugs.) On TV. Anyway, it's so cool. The seats even flip up and down in different configurations, Dad, with little storage areas for all our stuff. The car would look much cleaner if we had a Kia Sedona.
Dad: Yes, those are pretty cool.
Kid: And they have these balloon things that come out of the steering wheel if you have a wreck. Mom, you wouldn't worry so much about being getting crashed on the road if we had a Kia Sedona.
Mom: Andrew, our cars already have airbags.
Dad: Boy, when Kia can sell a van like that for less than Chrysler, and boast all the 5 star safety ratings, that's pretty big. I was just thinking when I installed the second car seats how a family of three really needs a van. Dave Ramsey is always saying, yes, three kids can fit in the back of a normal car...but most people his age are thinking of the good old days before booster seat regulations.
Mom: We are NOT getting a van. We are NOT getting a van. We are NOT getting a van.
(I should note that I don't have anything against the Kia Sedona or vans in general. I'm only shocked that a 4-year-old watching a single commercial can have our whole family discussing a five-figure vehicle purchase!)