A reader wrote to me the following question:
“Going to embark full force on the potty-training adventure with my son. Any tips from you or other moms out there? Any tips specific to boys?”
Um no. I have NO tips at all. My only tip that I have is to follow nothing that I did in your potty training adventures. I pushed my son to meet a school deadline, instead of working with him to see when he was ready. I bribed him, spending more money on prizes and toys than I will every admit, to anyone, and it was a time that caused a heck of a lot of stress. So I am very sorry to this reader, but you will have to check out one of those blogs written by a mom who has her act together, because that is not me
What I can do is share a story, a great mommy brain moment, in the hopes that NO ONE else ever has to go through this. We were heading out to a window/door store locally to check out some items which were needed in our home renovation. Before we were leaving, we had our bag packed, our list for what we needed at the store, packed up our snacks and other “entertaining” items so my husband and I could be able to focus on the decisions we had to make. We then moved into our regular battle with our son…we encouraged him to go to the bathroom, he told us he didn’t have to, we reminded him of the last time he went, and then said…”you have to go because they don’t have potties there”. He fought and fought, we gave in, and went off to the store.
The store was filled with contractors, several middle-aged men workers, and our energetic crew of 4. My children checked out how every door and window to make sure that they worked properly (they did at the time, can’t say the same about after our visit), and they finally settled down with the bag of entertainment that I brought along. My son wandered off after a little while, to an area of doors. I mistakenly thought he was just hanging out and looking at the merchandise. I then hear one of the men yell out…”we’ve got a smelly one over here”.
As I was in the bathroom, mortified, trying to clean up the mess, I asked my son why he did that. “Mommy, you said they didn’t have potties, what else was I supposed to do.”
So…my one recommendation….tell your children you can ALWAYS find a potty. ANYWHERE. That’s all the advice I haveAnyone else have better potty training advice? Even better…a good potty training story?
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