Potty Perfect

by Lisa Donovan

It’s happening!  The littlest person in our family is finally making her way to the toilet - on her own.  After months of my inconsistant wanting to try, kind of trying and trying and forgetting to maintain the trying - she has finally decided that if she is ever going to crap somwhere besides her pants that she has to take matters into her own hands.  Thank god.  I had no idea, otherwise, how it was going to happen.

So, for the last three days she has been thoroughly dedicated to making every pee and poo in the potty.  This morning she actually got mad and a screamed at me because I was so distracted talking to my mother in law on the phone that I didn’t notice her telling me she had to poop - and, much to her dismay, did it in her pants.  She yelled at me.  For a long time.  Sometimes I don’t feel like the parent.

But, it brings me around to how I used to feel about the whole potty training thing a long time ago.  I had some weird notion back then that I actually had control over this thing - this bizarre potty training thing.  Ha!  What I have come to realize is that, not only do I not have control over it - I have, actually, very little control over anything.  Sure, I’d like to write this blog as if I had spent these last few months intently and compassionately helping my daughter learn her first lesson of independence.  I would love to take full credit for having two children that were both potty trained by the age of two (my son around 15months and my daughter, at 2, well on her way) but, hell, I really had nothing to do with it.  Honestly, the only thing I can take credit for is making them sit in the bathroom with me while I do my own thing and even that was only because I didn’t want to be interrupted.  My point is this:  kids will do it when they’re ready.  I know that most of you know this but, I guess, I didn’t.  I have just been lucky to have two kids who have taken to it like it was a game.  Some people don’t.  I have no clues to give.  I have no suggestions to make.  I just let them walk around naked a lot and that seems to work.  So, for those of you embarking on the potty training journey - good luck and may all the forces of nature be with you.

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This entry was posted on Monday, November 27th, 2006 at 11:30 pm and is filed under Potty Training. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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