Potty training is a phase that all parents experience with their young children. This is obvious, of course. Learning to use the bathroom independently is a rite of passage and an accomplishment for little ones. I totally get that. The day that diapers are a thing of the past is something to celebrate for sure.
Several months ago I saw a commercial that had popped up on the television for Pull-Ups. A little boy flushes the toilet, he’s proud of himself, and before you know it (I’m not making this up), a larger than life parade makes its way down the road in front of his house. This is a personalized potty celebration with a marching band, banners, and a humongous replica of the child floating high above (think Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade). Not long after seeing this ad, my child asks when she will be having a similar jamboree.
I was reminded of this the other day because as I was browsing the aisles of Target, I overheard a little boy ask his mom, “Mommy, when are we having my potty party?” She said, “Oh, soon. Very soon.”
Potty parties?? Is this a THING?
So, I did what everyone does when they don’t know something. I Googled it. And it is, in fact, a thing.
People invite others over to celebrate their child being potty trained. They eat cupcakes with edible toilets on them. They make wreaths made of toilet paper. I know.
I think it is important to praise our kids and let them know how proud of them we are. I love to plan a great party that my children will remember and talk about later. But, I must draw the line at a potty party.
As parents, our job is to prepare our little ones for the future and give them the tools they will need to be successful. Using the bathroom is part of gaining independence and taking care of ourselves, which I find to be an important part of growing up. But this is something that all children need to learn. The reward for being potty trained is that you don’t have to wear diapers anymore and you get to pick out cool underwear. Is that not enough?
Do we have to feel pressured to make a huge deal and draw attention to something that should be respected as a private function of life? My daughter would be so embarrassed to have a room full of people discuss her latest accomplishment. She barely tells me she has to use the restroom when the time comes.
So, I personally just don’t get this potty party thing.
What do you think? Have you been invited to one? Would you have one for your kids?
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