By watching Jon and Kate Plus 8, I suppose I learned several other things including 8 kids is a lot of work and I would never want a film crew around 24/7.
Besides that, I was watching an episode after they announced their separation. Jon mentioned the kids going to school and that they all have different colored backpacks in order to avoid getting them confused. They did this in lieu of embroidering their names on the backpacks, because they didn’t want strangers to be able to call after them.
Now, think what you want about Jon, but that’s a pretty good point. I know these kids are more famous than my daughter, but if she was wearing this backpack in the grocery store and some creep called her name, she’s likely to turn around. She has major stranger danger, but you never know what could happen in that second she stopped upon hearing her name.
My daughter has her name on some Pottery Barn Kids bath towels and on a few other things. I did think about putting her name on her backpack, just because I thought it would be cute. We live in a very safe neighborhood, which is probably why I didn’t think putting her name on her backpack an issue already at age 2. Better to be safe than sorry though, so no name. In the end, she picked a backpack that didn’t have the option to customize.
Low and behold, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Kids says that labeling backpacks, lunch kits, and other exposed items is a no-no. Over 2000 kids are reported missing every day in the US. I can’t imagine what that is like for the parents.
Anyway, you can sometimes learn while watching train-wreck TV.