Earlier this summer, I was driving down the road on the way to the grocery store, listening to the radio when the overly zealous radio DJ announces that if you are the 10th caller your name will be entered in a drawing to win a family 4-pack of tickets to go see an upcoming show at the local coliseum. I get to the store and begin my grocery shopping. I head for the meat department to check out the sales. I notice that there are packs of fresh ground meat hamburgers all conveniently made into large patties in packs of 4. I chug home after finishing the task of grocery shopping, put things away and finally sit down and grab my laptop. Although we had already had an amazing beach vacation at the beginning of the summer, I wanted to look up some prices for a possible trip toward the end of the summer. I go to the various websites and search the packages and specials. There is countless, and I do mean countless deals on theme park tickets, food, and lodging for (you guessed it) a family of 4. Deciding that we did not have enough money I started looking into alternative options for the summer. A local water park at a lake 20 minutes from our home was running a special for a summer pass at an amazing deal for a FAMILY OF 4! After this happened for the 4th time (pun intended) that day I started to ask myself, is society trying to tell us something? There are so many deals and so many specials geared toward the family and every single one of them for family is limited to 4! It seems there are so many differences of opinion out there about families and the ones that society seems to want to force upon us is referred to as being politically correct. Is it that perhaps if you are a family of 4 you are politically correct and the ones that have less than or in my case, more than 4 are politically incorrect? I can’t help but ask the obvious question here; what’s so great about 4? Is that society’s way of reminding us at every turn “ok you have 2 children, you’re done now”?! Maybe, if you are a family of 3, well I guess it might not be too bad, you can bring a friend.
I asked my husband how he felt about the subject with all the family deals, coupons, or specials are geared toward families of 4. He said that society certainly seems to be biased toward families that have 2 kids. He says he feels like it is inconsiderate to the larger families and I am going to have to agree. Wouldn’t it seem that if you have more than 2 kids would you not need the discount and specials that much more because you have more mouths to feed? Seriously what are these companies thinking? “sorry but we only have 4 passes kids so pick a number between 1 and 10 to see which one of you has to sit this one out”! It seems that we are seeing more and more blended and expanded families these days. I think it’s time we changed the standard! Who’s with me??
Psalms 127:3-5a “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
6 thoughts on “What’s So Great About 4?”
That’s so true!! I’ve noticed that a lot, especially on groupon and living social deals….maybe I’ll have one more kid and then we’ll buy 2 4-packs of everything!! Hahaha (Even if that were possible, my husband would freak! lol)
Jessie, you don’t have to freak your hubs out. Just buy 2 anyway and bring a friend! 😉
When I was planning our summer vacation, I noticed most of the hotel options didn’t include 4 kids & the packages all meant we would have to purchase 2 add’l tickets.
That’s very true Jill! Most of the time you have to purchase add’l tickets but not at the special price! Seems so counter-productive….esp if you have more kids you need to save money all that much more! Thx for your thoughts!
I couldn’t let this stand at 4 comments, so I’m adding mine. I agree! We have 5 kids and that makes us 7. We can’t even buy a Family Size box of cereal and have it last more than an afternoon. It would be great if for experiences, they were marketed more as a discount-per-ticket rather than an overall package. But, as the kids got older, I was able to embrace the concept of unfairness more. Everybody gets to do a cool thing, it just may not always be everyone doing the same thing at the same time.
You are right! It is unfairness at it’s best. I am glad you are able to come to terms with it. I am not so lucky. It irritates me to no end, especially when money is low and boredom is high. 😉