Let me first state that I would by no means ever be up for the Mother Of The Year award. I was far from the perfect mom. Believe me, I tried to be a good one, but I did fall short. Hopefully my kids forgive areas where I came up short in parenting skills. I tried to make up for it in love.
I am not an expert in how to raise them or teach them. I don’t even put much stock in the advise by the so-called experts. And as for the whole “it takes a village to raise a child” I am so unimpressed with what the village has put out that I wouldn’t let them dog sit!
One thing I do know is that we’ve raised a generation of kids who think they must be continuously entertained, and the current bottle feeders are only going to be worse. 10 year olds with smart phones, tablets, iPads, video games and most cannot count as high as the number of TV channels available to them each day. Parents and kids out to dinner, each child with their own DVD player or tablet, zero interaction with mom and dad. It is sad to me, as when I was growing up we had family time over our meals. We all talked to mom and dad and each other. It was a time of sharing, laughter and a wealth of memories were made. More and more kids today are being raised by technology.
You can imagine, then, my reaction to seeing this little wonder. REALLY???? Johnny and Susie cannot be potty trained without a damn iPad in front of them? That is NOT potty training! You aren’t teaching them to recognize the signs that their body needs to eliminate waste product. This is a crap shoot! (no pun intended) They spend a while sitting there playing Angry Birds or Bejeweled and then what, get an ice cream cone if they get up and there happens to be something in the potty? Distract them from the task at hand by playing games on your iPad while they get hemorrhoids from sitting on the crapper for extended periods of time. Gee, why don’t we come up with a little side table and junior can sit, shit and eat all from one dandy little spot!
shaking my head
iPotty? I think NOT!