Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Potty training is fun! Said no one, ever.

My son has never been scared to use the potty.  Honestly, he was just lazy and didn't want to stop what he was doing in order to try to go potty, so guess what?  He hated it!!!  

I screwed this experience up royally.  I would give in and quit too soon.  And trust me, kids this young are far from stupid!!  We had tried multiple times to potty train.  I tried the Cheerios, the rewards, the underwear only for a day (eww), the clapping and screaming when he would pee on the potty, etc. 

He met all the "requirements" for all the websites stating "your child is ready when....he/she does these certain 10 things."  One of them was waking up each morning with a dry diaper and I noticed around his 3rd birthday that he wasn't having any wet diapers during the night anymore.  I was also uber jealous of all the other kids in his class at daycare who didn't have diapers in their "buckets".   My coworker said as soon as I was really tired of buying diapers I would make it happen and boy was I!!!!

Hmmm...I think it's time to try again.  This time I wasn't going to give up.  The Taurus in me took over.

I took everyone's advice. Every day when we got home from work/school the diaper came off and big boy undies went on. It was messy. He was pissed when I would make him go potty.  He would cry and I would cry.  I sucked it up and as a friend told me "you are the boss, not him."  I stuck to my guns. He would play in his pee on the floor.  He didn't care if he was wet.  I was losing my mind.

This continued for about 5 days then bam, it happened.  Just like that.  He didn't want to be wet in his diaper and I wasn't caving and he knew it.  I just had to stick to it and be the boss. 

Mommy and Kingston both won. 

Here is my potty trained little man enjoying pizza for his first day of daycare with no accidents.  That was 2 weeks ago and still going strong!  

Lesson?  I think the reason that they fail sometimes is because WE fail.
I gave up too soon.
I wasn't trying hard enough.
I was so concerned with the mess.
I thought he would just "get it."
I expected him to just do it without accidents.  So it wasn't him after all.  It was me.
I was the issue and it took me a while to learn but hey, we got this!  

Drops the diaper.  Drops the mic.  Does a cartwheel!

No comments:

Post a Comment