Back when I was a teenager I worked in a day care center with toddlers. I was a potty training expert. I had parent after parent tell me that I was the one who potty trained their child. Parents would report to me that their child didn’t have any interest in using the potty at home and it just wasn’t working. I gave parents all sorts of tips that I used with their kids that worked in our efforts to work on potty training. There are several 14 and 15 year old kids walking around today who should be thankful that I worked so hard on their potty training.
Now I have a toddler at home and she doesn’t have much interest in using the potty. We’ve bribed with M&M’s, she has a special sticker chart in the bathroom, pretty princess pull-ups, etc. But things just don’t seem to be progressing. Or maybe I just thought it would happen faster than it is.
First off, it takes forever to get Hailey into the bathroom. Every time we tell her it’s time to go use the potty she responds, “I already go potty.” Which is likely since her pull-up is usually wet. But it’s such a struggle to get her into the bathroom. Once she is finally in the bathroom it takes forever to get her back out. The whole process- using the potty, emptying her potty chair bowl into the big potty (even though her bowl is usually empty), washing her hands, etc. It takes forever. Especially the washing her hands part. Oh my goodness, it could not possibly take her any longer.
And I would prefer not to mention this, but last night Hailey was emptying the bowl from her potty into the big potty. She didn’t want to put the bowl back into her potty after she was done so I was trying to “help” her do it. After a slight struggle– I don’t know exactly how it happened– but I got hit in the mouth with the bowl from the potty chair. And this was one of the rare occasions when she had actually gone in the potty and even though she had already emptied it into the big potty- it was still very gross and also painful. She knew I was upset with her and immediately said, “Don’t be mad Mommy. Be pappy.” (pappy = happy.) And I responded by saying, “Well it’s kind of hard to be happy when someone hits you in the mouth with their potty chair.” And I’m quite sure I heard Rich snickering in the other room. I have no idea why because clearly it was not funny at all.
Fun times this potty training is turning out to be.
Anyways- for those moms who are done with stage of toddlerhood, what kinds of tricks worked for you when you were potty training your kids? HELP! And also, so that I feel a little better about the whole potty chair in the mouth incident- please tell me your potty training horror stories.
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