A friend’s daughter communing with nature

As if I haven’t talked about it enough.  We are in the middle of potty training my 3 year-old.  Potty training is a parenting right of passage.  Many a story is passed down about how many times the car had to be pulled over for an emergency potty break.  Many loads of laundry are done whilst lamenting the loss of diapers.  And many a silly potty dance are preformed by grown adults while a successful child squeals with pride.

While going through this process, I realized that potty training is really a lot like parenting in general.

  1. Its hard to make a shift to something new, when you are used to doing things a certain way.
  2. There is no right way to do it, every parent is different, and every kid is different.
  3. Some days go better than others
  4. Its easy to second guess your approach
  5. There are going to be accidents and mistakes and all you can do is say “that’s ok, we’ll do better next time”
  6. Its all about control, bladder control and mind control.
  7. Some days you just throw the underwear away and start over.
  8. Its harder than you think it will be.
  9. Its easier than you think it will be.
  10. And (you saw this one coming) Its filled with a lot of S*#t at times.

I am, by no means, an expert, but I have found that as parents, we love to hear what other parents are doing.  SO, I promise my next post will go into the logistics of how we went about the potty training.  If  you don’t want to read the word pee pee and poo poo…ALOT…you might want to skip the next one 🙂