Let’s face it, pretty much everyone has seen at least one episode of the infamous Kardashians. They run around L.A. with their pearly white cars, strutting around in clothes from their own clothing line.
The reality show has mesmerized audiences around the world as the Kardashians bicker about family issues. Even President Obama has his own feelings about his daughters watching the show.
The real question is not how to prevent your kids from watching it, but what lessons kids learn from reality TV, if any? Flip through to see what your kids could be taking away from this infamous reality series.
Positive Lesson 1: Positive Family Values
Although seemingly dysfunctional and chaotic, this family continually stresses the importance of strong family values and maintaining relationships with siblings and parents. Nothing is more important to them than their family; and even though sometimes they may disagree with their mom or sisters, they are always there to support each other.
Positive Lesson 2: Strong Work Ethics
Even with a mom for a boss, they still display strong work ethics with regards to maintaining their business and clothing lines, “Dash”, “KK” sold in Sears, and Kim Kardashians widely successful “Shoe Dazzle” shoe service. You don’t need an MBA in project management to know that strong work pays off. They have mastered the notion that team work and dedication has its benefits in the long run.
Negative Lesson 1: They're Spoiled Rotten
They have too much money than they know what to do with it. Instead of donating a nice percentage of their earnings, they spend it lavishly on clothing and house decorations/parties to entertain their audiences. Without including endorsements or earnings from past seasons, the Kardashians were contracted for another 3 seasons with E! Network for $40 million. Imagine what they could do if they donated to a cause or two, or helped fund a scholarship for students interested in the fashion industry.
Negative Lesson 2: They're Stuck in a Bubble
People who have too much money tend to forget what’s happening in the world around them. Stuck in their L.A. bubble, the Kardashians fail to mention any worldwide news or events. With such a large audience, they should be taking advantage of their media prowess by helping to spread awareness to important world issues and contributing to media discussions that would help build awareness to a healthier world.
With false relationships and manipulated reality, the Kardashians are unfortunately unstoppable. They will continue to dominate in the reality TV presence with re-runs galore and new seasons to come. But instead of dismissing their false lifestyle, we all know it’s almost impossible to get our daughter’s unglued from the screen.
Maybe next time they’re watching it, try asking them why they like the show to try and gauge what they might be learning or taking away from it all. There are powerful messages that this show can illustrate to its young audiences, such as business and work ethics, family bonding and friendships. You just might have to do some digging.