Are there any toddlers out there that are not terrified of the self flushing toilets? Or the loud no touch hand dryers? If your toddler is one of the few that happens to not be terrified, I am extremely jealous!! My daughter is potty trained, yet, at the moment, she's in a phase of being terrified of using public restrooms. Why? Because one too many toilets has flushed on her preemptively, while she's still sitting on it! We've all had it happen at one point or another. As an adult we just find it gross. You can't possibly get up fast enough to prevent the toilet from splashing all over you, and you feel so dirty. I'd rather kick the flushing lever with my foot like we did in the good old days then have my rear end splashed with dirty water! My daughter doesn't think of it that way, but it scares the living daylight out of her. Once this happens, it takes me a good month to calm her down to the point where she can use a public restroom again. Anyways, it got me thinking. With all the "luxuries" of modern day life (such as self flushing toilets), there are some drawbacks as a result, when it comes to parenting toddlers.
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2. Hand dryers: In general, I am not a fan of these simply because most of them don't work well. I always get impatient and just wipe my hands on my pants so I can move on from the whole process. As a parent, I am definitely not a fan. Again, this is something that simply scares my toddler. If someone is using it and she's trying to go to the bathroom, all of her focus is on the loud noise. She'd rather bolt out of the bathroom and hold her pee (or have an accident), then take the chance of hearing the loud noise again. We aren't even to the point where she's having to wash and dry her hands in restrooms yet. That definitely won't be fun if the hand dryer is our only option. Good luck getting your toddler to USE the dryer!
3. Full day of Kindergarten: This challenge is obviously a completely different direction and focus from our discussion of public restrooms, but I feel it's important to bring up. When I was growing up, Kindergarten was a half day. Some parents chose to do preschool, but it wasn't as much of a necessity as it is today with full day Kindergarten. In 1977, only 28% of the programs were full day, whereas in 2013, 77% were full day (I'm assuming that number is much higher now)! This shift is huge, and whether you agree with it or not, there has been no support added (in the form of free preschool) to help children ease into a full day of Kindergarten. Parents are now feeling the need to pay for some sort of preschool so that their child can simply be ready for the physical demands of a full day of school for an entire week. Preschool is insanely expensive. In some cases, more expensive than college! Yes you read that right. Academically, I don't feel the need to send my daughter to preschool, but to prepare her emotionally and physically for the demands of a full day of kindergarten, I do. I'm lucky to have found a program that's less than $1000 per year, but that's a rarity!
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8. Pinterest: This one so doesn't even need explanation. Modern moms are held to this insanely high expectation of being the "pinterest mom". It's shoved in our faces daily- hourly. It's almost worse than the perfect skinny models that we see in every media outlet. Now we are judged on our ability to be the pinterest mom that does it all. I even felt it today when I brought my store bought Valentine's to my daughter's school. She's 2 mind you. I'm guessing we'll be coming home with all sorts of fancy pinterest made items and baked goods. Just a hunch. I'll find out soon if the other moms are all going home to judge my store bought Dory Valentine's- or perhaps they will get it home and wish they'd had the balls to just do something store bought, or maybe everyone had the balls and the jokes on pinterest!! ;)
Don't get me wrong, I love my cell phone, love a good idea on pinterest to spark creativity, and I appreciate that safety proofing items also have their advantages...which is why I use a few of them (gates on the stairs, and outlet covers). I just try to minimize the use of baby-proofing items, and up my teaching on the safety aspects even with the use of these safety proofing items, since my child will need to know for other environments that aren't baby-proofed.
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