So I turn on the TV this morning to find Maria Bartiromo talking about upscale toy kitchens for little kids. How upscale?
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) June 23, 2017
If you go to the Pottery Barn page, they have stuff that will make the dweller of a tiny house or a Manhattan apartment (but I repeat myself) weep with envy.
I love it.
As a pro-Western values, cisgender, capitalist, anti-abortion Christian woman, I find it exhilarating.
What this tells me is that “you, dear girl or boy growing up in America today, can, through hard work and purpose, grow up to buy yourself, from your own earnings, the best appliances and modern conveniences for preparing your family delicious meals in the comfort of your own home.”
Add to that, “and when your kids are little you can get them beautiful toys if you have the room and can afford to.” (As you may remember, I consider living within your means one of the twelve adulting steps.)
It warms my capitalist heart.
If you can afford it, buying your children an upscale miniature kitchen is a better option, and I speak as a mother, than buying them a tablet. My experience is that kids will pick up computer skills in no time at all, but they will need time to learn social and everyday management skills as they grow up. Getting mini appliances is “a good thing,” as Martha Stewart says.
We didn’t have the room in our house when my son was growing up for a Pottery Barn mini-kitchen, but he did have one drawer for his toy pans and plates and a Queasy Bake Oven,
He asked for a children’s cookbook when he was five, and has been cooking ever since. Most of his friends cook, too.
Now, if you will excuse me, I’ll be looking at the grown-up kitchen toys at Williams Sonoma.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog. She still has the Queasy Bake oven.