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.
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.
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.
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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