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December 17, 2018





Yes, you read that right.  The iPotty has been on the market since 2013 and this is the first I'm learning of the product. It was designed to "give parents all the help they can get to keep those little tushes on the potty long enough to be taught to do their business."  I don't know about you, but I remember times, before we pulled all screen time, when my children were so sucked into their devices, I don't think they even got up to use the restroom.  They also wouldn't ask to eat or drink anything, so had I let them go long enough, they wouldn't have even needed to use the restroom.  Additionally, this is an important moment in parent/child relationship and development  that should be full of reward and positive affirmation with squeals and cheers of delight when the child is successful.  I recently read another article, and even blogged about it, that stated digital devices should not be used for reward or punishment, so this product would definitely negate that advice.   We are dumbing down an entire generation and utilizing technology to do the very tough job we all signed up for in the first place, PARENTING! It's the hardest job in the world.  I can recall potty training my son, who did it much later than my daughter, and phoning my boy mom buddies to get strategies to help with the challenge:  Aiming at cheerios, picking out big boy sheets, dollar store stickers, the list of tactics goes on and on.  We connected, shared, vented frustrations, cried sometimes worried sick that they would still be in diapers entering Kindergarten.  But we embraced the difficult and trying task and lifted each other up through the worry.  It's called personal connection and I fear, we're losing it people. I did go to Amazon to see if this product is still available and what the reviews were.  While many found it to be ridiculous and offered humor such as, does it come with the free app download of "Angry Turds" or "Call of Doo-Dee?", others actually campaigned for how helpful it was to leave their child unattended to ensure no little messes around the house.  As we run around these next 8 days and finish up the shopping and last minute gifts, please consider a children's book such as The Magnificent Melvin and Moxie if they're going to have anything in the bathroom, but please don't tether your toddlers tushes to the toilet with tech.  

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