Potty training is the worst. I had absolutely no clue that the potty training phase of parenting takes up like an entire six months or so of your life — Unless, that is, you’re one of those power parents who knows one of those Jedi mind techniques that will have your kid trained in a day. I, for one, am not that sort of parent.

I’m a regular parent with regular 2-year-olds who will pee on the floor because they forgot that they had their “pretty panties” on and who will drop a single round turd in their underpants if I don’t place their potty in one of their preferred areas.

Crude facts, but they’re all true. That is… up until about a week ago.

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I think my twins are finally getting it. After almost a year of holding partial stock in carpet cleaner and biting the inside of my cheek in frustration when my sock happened to find a new wet spot on the carpet, I think my children have finally gotten the concept of using the toilet. Their tiny skivvies have remained dry, and it seems they’ve fully mastered the art of running for the potty when they feel the tee tee tingling and the poo poo popping.

For the record, I still slap diapers on them at night — and we have yet to attempt a venture out of the house sans diaper; but they can successfully wear a pair of underwear for an entire day without soiling them. I’d say that’s progress. It’s been a very long, very exhausting journey, but I believe I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m by no means a potty training virtuoso, but here are a few things that I’ve learned:

Although it looks promising, this fight may not be over. I have to constantly remind myself that for a majority of my twin’s young lives they have been in diapers. It’s easy for their still developing brains to forget that there’s no absorbent padding to catch the “tee tee” that’s running down their leg. They’re going to have good days, and they’re going to have bad days. I have to be patient and I have to be consistent.

Bribery works! M&M’s. Pennies in the piggy bank. Stickers. A small toy. They all work! Little kids LOVE getting junk they don’t need. I was lucky enough to have kids who are easy to please. If I let them dump the filled potty cup into the toilet (with assistance of course) they’re ecstatic. Find what your kid likes, and use it to your advantage.

Boys love to be like daddy. My son cries for me when he’s hurt. He hollers for me when he needs something; but when it comes to being the “cool” parent – in my son’s eyes – daddy’s where it’s at.

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Most little boys believe daddy can do no wrong, and want nothing more than to be just like them. I was able to use this fact to my advantage. The “don’t you want to pee pee in the potty like daddy?” question proved to be quite effective.

 

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I want everyone to share in my celebratory mood, so in honor of my kids [almost] being potty trained, I want to give you guys the opportunity to win something cool. Introducing the We Got Kidz ‘My Kids are [Almost] Potty Trained’ $50 Amazon Gift Code Giveaway!

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Enter below for your chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift code to use on anything you desire. Buy some diapers, some “pretty panties”, or one of those potties that sing when you flush. Save it for back-to-school, or buy yourself a well deserved “just because I’m a good parent” gift. Use it for whatever! Let’s celebrate my kid’s milestone together.

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46 Comments

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  2. Liz Woodworth
    August 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    My biggest tip is to wait until they are truly ready and don't force it. Everyone told me this, and I was desperate to be out of diapers and put so much pressure on me and my boys. Then one day, both just decided it was time, and they did it!

  3. Liz Woodworth
    August 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm — Reply

    My son refused to go poop on the potty, but he would squat and go in the backyard. When I asked him why, he said "Doggie poops in the grass!" So I put his little potty seat in the grass, and– he pooped in it! Thankfully we have since taken our activities inside. =)

  4. Charlene Kuser
    August 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    Every time my son would poop he would sing a little song.He told me me didn't like to hear the sound of poop

  5. jessicakaufman
    August 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm — Reply

    I'm potty training my 2 yr old son as well. Yesterday as I was going to bed and reached the top of the stairs. It's dark and I step on a wet puddle. My son peed on the top step and did not tell anyone about it. Great and now I stepped it it before heading to bed. So my plan on going to bed was averted. I had to go back downstairs and get cleaning supplies to clean it up. Then proceed to wake up my husband who is already in bed to ask him if he saw the puddle. In which he replied no he didn't see it.

    • August 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm — Reply

      Did you give your husband the side-eye when he told you he hadn't seen it? I sure would have. lol! And why the top step? He was pretty strategic with that one. lol

  6. Kayla
    August 4, 2013 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    My daughter had to decide to potty train when she wanted. She was too stubborn for us to try to train her!

  7. Ashley
    August 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    My son was so difficult to potty train with pooping, but miraculously, he potty trained almost overnight while on our family vacation.

  8. Christian Alejandro
    August 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    wer'e not there yet.. but soon soon soon!! Can't wait, haha.

  9. Richard Hicks
    August 4, 2013 at 10:23 am — Reply
  10. Richard Hicks
    August 4, 2013 at 10:20 am — Reply

    We were out grocery shopping and the little one asks me if I need to go potty. SHe had heard it so often. Everyone in line looked at us and laughed

  11. susan1215
    August 4, 2013 at 6:14 am — Reply

    We were in a store where they had toliets displayed and as we were walking by them my daughter said Potty and proceeded to start taking her pants off. Thankfully I stopped her in time and we found a working toliet

  12. Charlotte
    August 4, 2013 at 2:28 am — Reply

    Trying the cheerio trick, pee in the cheerios. The next we went to try that almost a whole box of cheerios had been dumped into the toliet.

  13. Betsy Barnes
    August 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm — Reply

    My son used to announce to everyone that he had to go potty, no matter where we were, so funny when he did it at a restaurant 🙂

  14. honeypie411
    August 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm — Reply

    We are just starting so no stories yet

  15. Kari Flores
    August 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    I had a rough time potty training my first son, so finally I just let him run around naked. He now feels as though he can drop trow anywhere. He got off the bus one day and dropped his pants and peed in the front yard.

  16. Michelle Hagewood
    August 2, 2013 at 11:10 am — Reply

    My oldest daughter wanted to be like Daddy too but she didn't realize that Daddy didn't sit to go pee and she had to so when she would use her potty chair she would stand over it. Imagine the messes this made & the fun I had of cleaning it up! Eventually she got the fact that she had to sit to pee.

  17. Elizabeth Boswell
    August 1, 2013 at 3:09 am — Reply

    I do not have a funny potty training story to share because there is nothing funny about potty training! 😉 (I say that half-jokingly. Let's just say that I had two boys, and boys are a little more stubborn than girls when it comes to that. The second child, however, took to it much better than the first.)

  18. Lynda Thomas
    July 29, 2013 at 7:51 am — Reply

    My boys are so different from each other in pretty much everything, and potty training is no exception. My oldest didn't train until he was almost 3 and now my little guy is 18 months and starting training himself! Just because he LOVES to be naked, so he kind of just got that being naked meant he goes in the potty. It's been a whole new experience (with a whole lot fewer accidents!) this time around. The only funny thing I can think of is a few days ago he was peeing on the potty while drinking juice from a sippy cup. And I wanted to start singing "The Circle of Life". Lol!

    • July 29, 2013 at 8:14 am — Reply

      LOL @ "The Circle of Life". I wish my twins were more like your 18 month old. They're making potty training a real chore :s

  19. Wen Budro
    July 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    No funny stories….just the usual ughs and args….I did laugh while reading your post about the subject.

    • July 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm — Reply

      lol @ "ughs and args". I do plenty of that daily. And thanks for the love on the post 🙂

  20. Trisha B.
    July 24, 2013 at 11:58 am — Reply

    It's been quite a while since my son has been potty trained.The funniest story I can tell you about that I remember is when he left a surprise outside in the backyard in his Little Tikes play house. I couldn't help but to laugh about that 🙂

  21. Helga
    July 20, 2013 at 8:30 am — Reply

    I have nieces and nephews whom I spend time with and thankfully i dont have to potty train them!

  22. Omima
    July 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    I don't have a potty training story. Can I still receive an entry for this comment?

  23. Olivia Hamilton
    July 18, 2013 at 10:53 am — Reply

    Nothing really funny. Just the normal pooping and peeing everywhere. Worse than puppies. Really dislike potty training.

  24. Gloria Walshver
    July 17, 2013 at 4:12 am — Reply

    My kids were potty trained many years ago.

  25. flyergal82
    July 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm — Reply

    My niece left trails from the bathroom to wherever of her poop

  26. jkebeans
    July 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    Watched my nephew when he was young, used the old cheerio trick to help with potty training

  27. Christine Waddell
    July 16, 2013 at 9:54 am — Reply

    It has been a kazillion years since I potty trained my girls. Now it is their turn! My daughter was so sure she was going to train her almost 2 year old son this summer. I just smiled and nodded. Needless to say, he has NO interest.

  28. laurendomene
    July 16, 2013 at 7:57 am — Reply

    Well, since I don't have kids… I am just amazed at how parents can quickly tackle the kid to the ground, smell the diaper, and change them with pretty much one hand. It's freaky! I witnessed my boss's husband do this, and he slapped a ton of diaper rash cream on the baby. It's still a mystery to me…

  29. Linda White
    July 16, 2013 at 5:58 am — Reply

    Lots of patience! And time! My son was crawling when I was potty training my daughter, she left some #2 in potty, he crawled into bathroom fully dressed and ready for church and ate the potty contents! Required a total strip down and scrub before redressing for church!

    • July 16, 2013 at 6:16 am — Reply

      Gah! OMG, that's awful! LMBO! That's a heck of a story. PLEASE tell that at your son's high school graduation party. lol! Thanks for commenting!

  30. John Leahy
    July 16, 2013 at 4:24 am — Reply

    No stories, sorry.

  31. Catherine Shaw
    July 16, 2013 at 1:55 am — Reply

    I don't have a story; it is a joy I know not of …

    • July 16, 2013 at 6:16 am — Reply

      The "joy" part is debatable friend. lol. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  33. Secolie Wilson
    July 14, 2013 at 12:09 am — Reply

    I don't have any children yet, but my whole family went through some fun times during the potty training of my niece!

  34. AmandaSakovitz
    July 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm — Reply

    I dont have kids yet but I know my brother had so much fun potty training my niece. Lets just say in a few words that it took awhile and a lot of patience! lol

    • July 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm — Reply

      Yes! Patience! That's something no one tells you you're going to need to have an abundance of before starting on that potty training journey. lol

  35. Mary Beth Elderton
    July 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    When my son was little,I bought him some He-Man underwear and told him that he would never have to wear a diaper and could wear his cool new He Man undies, if he would poop in the potty. Within a few days he was only in diapers at night. My daughter on the other hand…whole different story.

    • July 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm — Reply

      Isn't that funny how different kids are when it comes to that? Like for a long time my little girl refused to poop in the potty but would pee. My son? Completely opposite. Drove me insane! lol

  36. Mary Beth Elderton
    July 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm — Reply

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    • July 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm — Reply

      Yikes! I think I've got that corrected now. Thanks for letting me know!

      • Mary Beth Elderton
        July 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm — Reply

        Thanks!

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