Ahhhh… the sweet years of potty training… The stuck in limbo phenomenon of having to choose whether the headache of diaper changes and their expense are less than the hassle it takes to train another human being on how to make it to the toilet in time. And who the hell are we anyway? Most of us can’t even giggle without letting a drop or two go and WE are supposed to instill the importance of no longer making pee pee in your pants to our children?… Blasphemy.
So what is the best way to tackle this milestone? Depends who you ask. First time parents are going to say that a strict structure and poo poo schedule need to be in order. Toilet training books neatly placed in the magazine rack next to the singing potty chair…..a chart with star stickers on the wall to keep track of progress and to encourage more….. special treats to be given after a successful trip to the bathroom…
Great plan! I envy you people. If you are a parent that is capable of this style potty training and can consistently stick with it, more power to you! For the rest of us and/or second, third, fourth time parents… Stick a pull up on the kid and hope for the best. Thankfully, if the potty trainee has older siblings, your job is a LITTLE bit easier. And I emphasize a “little” bit. If your dealing with a brother/sister combo, you’re going to have your little princess attempting to pee standing in front of the potty “like brother does”… Yeah…not very helpful.
It’s hard to decide if you want to encourage your child by allowing them to try big boy/girl pants for a day. In the back of your mind you are thinking about the added mess that will be attached to said encouragement. Number 2 smeared into a pair of training pants is a lot different than just dealing with an average filled diaper. Scrubbing the massive wet circle of pee off your living room rug isn’t quite as convenient as simply wiping a tush and applying powder.
What do we do? The answer is simple. THE BEST YOU CAN. Our goal, as parents, is to prepare our children for their adult years and using the bathroom is pretty important. Make it seem as fun as you possibly can and remember that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. Added savings from not having to purchase diapers, wipes, powder and diaper cream can give you a little encouragement of your own.
Keep up the good work! Before you know it you’ll be banging on the bathroom door, yelling for your kids to “hurry up… Mom’s gotta pee!”