It seems like one of the most frustrating parts of parenting a toddler is potty training them. I hear many facebook status updates from my friends who are growling about it.
Potty training is tough but can be quickly achieved through these five simple principles:
- I have no clue.
- don’t ask me.
- I’m completely void of information regarding this situation.
- I’m scared of this topic.
- I really haven’t even tried potty training my kids much at all.
See, no problem right!?
So, since I have two unpotty trained children whom I’m about to rely on therapists to help me train because Silas is a bit of an exception.
Ikey, however, I have no excuse for other than the fact that he’s only two…stop pressuring me dagnabbit!!! He is very interested in the potty and will spend a lot of his time sitting on it because if he sits on it I allow him to be naked and nudity, along with holding as many spoons, rocks and trucks in his hands as he possibly can, is his number one joy in life.
Today I let him run free after a shower thinking he peed all he could in the shower…like mmm it’s warm…mmm peeee. I set him up on his potty in front of youtube so he could watch Silas’ ABC obsession in action. I soon found him in my room, legs spread, head down watching himself wee on my floor. I brought him back to the potty to find pee in it already!!! YAY IKEY. So I praised him like a little puppy dog and did the celebratory walk to the toilet to dump in the pee and let him flush it. How exciting.
Soon after I found he had peed in there again, he also tinkled on the surrounding floor and Silas’ smushy. Dang. Oh well, hit and miss. We emptied it in the toilet again and he was happy. Then I noticed more pee in more places. Perhaps this isn’t fun anymore…on with the diaper.
You might be wondering why the heck I wasn’t watching a naked two year old roaming free with his little pee shooter loaded. I was doing my hair and makeup…that stuffs important…pshh.
I so don’t like pee on my floor.
I think what we’ll do is check their diapers every 15 minutes and see when they are peeing during the day to optimize success. We’re also getting the therapists to write a social story for Silas so he’ll be better prepared. He doesn’t ever want to sit on the potty, and if I make him he’ll go nuts on me. When he does sit on the potty he is happy peeing and pooping in it, he just never does it. Ugh.
So, seeing as though mothers LOVE to talk about what THEY did with their kids. Please tell me what methods you used, what worked and what didn’t. I will learn from your mistakes and hopefully have a smooth and easy ride down the potty training lane…ya right.