Most of the time, I feel like my family is just like any other. But then once in a while, I remember, oh yeah, we’re totally not. Our day-to-day life is so normal to us, that I forget that many people don’t live with issues like sensory dysfunction and massive anxiety in their kids.
At first glance, the new “reality-style” diaper commercial, First Flush, is just a spoof (I hope) on reality TV and the tendency of most parents to go a little overboard when celebrating potty-training success. You know what I’m talking about: those somewhat cringe-inducing, TMI Facebook posts of Timmy’s first poop. Some things don’t need to be Instagrammed, people.
I’m not judging here: potty-training my four kids was so freaking hard that I would have totally thrown a parade when it was finally accomplished, except that my son, who has Asperger Syndrome, is terrified of parades.
Instead, I bought him a LEGO Star Wars set and awarded myself a mocha latte. Yay us! Potty-training has been, hands-down, the absolute hardest part of parenting for us. I am all for celebrating. And, as long as there’s no photographic evidence, I’m even for Facebooking about it. I’m just saying that it’s entirely possible that I once posted something to the effect of “Houston, we have poopage.”
Because potty-training is really, really sucky, and success should be celebrated. And while I applaud Huggies’ efforts to make it fun, all I can think of when I watch First Flush is how incredibly traumatizing this would all be to my son. The gist of the commercial is that once little Eli flushes the potty,
all hell breaks loose there’s a big surprise party with a parade, a band, acrobats, jugglers, a toilet-shaped cake — you name it.
I’m not feeling sorry for myself (or my son) over here. In fact, when I watch the behind the scenes video from the commercial, I actually can’t stop laughing. It’s like there was a focus group to determine exactly how many things they could jam into one event that my kid would freaking hate. Let’s take a look:
Here’s the actual behind-the-scenes video. Watch it (but not with your sensory-dysfunctional child).
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