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Octopus by Joy: promoting good habits and the concept of time to kids
by Seth L.
TRAINING WHEELS FOR GOOD HABITS

Created for kids aged 3 to 8 years old in mind, the Octopus is unlike any child-safe electronic product that you will find on the market. Parents want to promote self-discipline in children because they know it is the foundation for later success in life but when getting them to do something devolves into a struggle, everyone loses. The Octopus Watch aims to hand over process ownership and independence to your child while you can just sit back and guide them in the right direction.

Octopus is an assistant for your child, but the system as a whole helps the parents too. It becomes a partner in parenting by helping parents to deliver specific instructions step-by-step to their child. It is a proven methodology that kids learn better when given specific instructions in kid-size chunks, for example: Put your toys away in their container, then tidy up your room, then come to downstairs for dinner, etc.

With 700+ different icons on-board, the Octopus Watch links tasks and events to the time so even if your child can’t read yet, they can still easily understand what each icon means. You can schedule, daily, weekly and even monthly tasks and events and take advantage of built-in features like games and reward system to add a little bit of fun and variety for your child.

You can program these visual reminders on your smartphone and sync it to the Octopus Watch through a free downloadable app from Apple and Google Play store. The Octopus Watch will then do a soundless vibration push notification to your child when it’s time for a reminder. The Octopus Watch can also store up to five lines of important information – phone numbers, allergies and blood type. Definitely useful for those emergency situations when you are not around them.

VERDICT

With the amount of distractions inundating our lives today, it is no simple matter when it comes to driving your child in the right direction to build self-reliance and confidence but with the Octopus Watch you can use indirect involvement and positive reinforcement to help them develop good habits along the way.

The Octopus Bundle comes with an Octopus Watch and an Octopus Charger for USD99.99 (RM389+-)

Both items can be purchased separately with the Watch going for USD79.99 (RM312+-) and the Charger going for USD49.99 (RM195+-) Additional hypoallergenic and swappable watchbands goes for USD9.99 (RM39+-) a pair

Do note that currently the Octopus Watch and its accompanying accessories do not ship out of the USA but there are plans for Joy to open the delivery worldwide, hopefully soon. Buying from ecommerce sites like amazon.com is also an option if you can't wait that long.

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