The Potty training dilemma….to train or not to train……that is my question ~for now anyhow.
I just hate when you are out in public, like the park for instance and the ever all knowing mommy decides to engage you in a conversation about the joys of potty training. I personally think she is just looking for a opening to pontificate about their perfectly trained potty genius . I guess she just needed a chance to puff up that ego one more time! I just love the blank stares I get when I tell them well, I’m not potty training right now actually .We’ve adopted the child self guided method.( Ok, I’m not sure this method really exists, but it sounded good!) Ummm she asks, so you’re not doing anything? Of course we are silly! We’re waiting for our child to guide us! Doesn’t she realize I’d rather go to a proctologist than have to potty train another child?
Anyhow, I have mixed feelings about potty training. On one hand I hate poopy diapers, the outrageous cost of having three children in diapers, and the creative wrestling I do in order to catch the buggers to actually get the diapers on them. But~ on the other hand potty training produces unnecessary heart palpitations, do I want to have to buy a book, a creepy little doll, a singing toilet, a chart etc? Diapers may not be thrifty but neither are all the potty training paraphernalia. Also what about the stress of worrying that the wrong move in this process is going to produce a lifetime of counseling? And do I want to spend half of my day in the bathroom? So much to think about.
Hmmm three children in four years I’m walking that tightrope we called sanity right now as it is and it could go either way at this point!
Ok, after all that I do have some good news to report! Apparently our child self guided method is a success! (I’m thinking of writing a book on it!)
Bailey has just gotten out of diapers for good~ Even at night! And Grace has started to go on the toilet all by herself! Now she is naked most of the day, but I would be too if I could get away with it! So I guess that is ok with me! She won’t let me help her and I certainly can’t mention it, but she IS doing it, so AHHH The sweet smell of success! ( or no smell!) And I don’t even have to do anything!
Sooo ladies where do you stand on the nasty little debate of potty training? Do you begin at the ripe old age of 18 months or do you preserve what little of your sanity is left and wait it out? And for how long?
I like mom’s advice. It’s all good as long as they are potty trained and finished with their bottles by the time they enter kindergarten. Mom I guess you were right!