3 Tips To Survive Potty Training, Excluding Gluing Your Kid's Hands To The Wall
Just the simple utterance of toddler rites of passage like potty training can, in many cases, strike fear in the hearts of parents coming upon that fork in the road of their child's development. Whether you soldiered through the agonizing months of attempting to potty train your kid by; singing Old McDonald’s Farm while she sat on a public toilet, or dangling a candy bar over him while he sat on his potty in the kitchen while you tried to cook dinner, or allowed your kid to run amok in his birthday suit, hoping that when the urge struck he'd make a beeline for the toilet rather than pee down his leg...the process can cause any well intentioned parent to go slightly batty.
But the recent story of a mother who pleaded guilty to first degree injury to a child after reportedly gluing her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall, and beating her into a coma after frustration with potty training problems, well, it had me questioning the why's and ifs of what could drive a parent to that state. Then I hearkened back to my own potty training days of cleaning poo off carpets, walls and doing so many laundries of soaking wet linens and clothes that I thought my hands would bleed, and I began to recollect just how frustrating the process of toilet training ones kid can be.
One thing I know for sure is that both of my kids were completely different when it came potty training, and so I feel very strongly that one size does not fit all and in some cases you simply can't hurry these processes along. And while I certainly don’t have the answers to perfect potty training success I can offer you three tactics that worked for us.
#1 The Baby Signs potty-training program. This program can help parents potty train their children before those "terrible twos" set in, thereby avoiding the long, drawn-out battle of wills that potty training can become. It includes a DVD, book and whistle and incorporates the use of simple sign language signs so children have a way to tell their parents when they need to go to the potty well before they have the words to do so. Toddlers will appreciate the DVD featuring the five Baby Signs Diaperdoodles animated characters, children modeling both the potty-time signs and the potty-time routine, a lift-the-flap board book, "Good job!" stickers and a train conductor's whistle used to signal it's time to go potty or to sound the trumpet of success. There's also an easy-to-read book for parents with step-by-step instructions. While there is no guarantee; this potty training method promises happier parents and children and less disposable diapers to add to the landfills.
#2 Let em run naked. That's right, with one of my kids I literally let the little one walk around for a solid week with no diaper and took the toddler to sit on the potty every 20 minutes. It was exhausting, messy and I was lucky I had an entire week to devote to my kid and this process. But I can also say, it worked for us.
#3 Don't make yourself crazy. Remember Rome wasn't built in a day and your kid will not be potty trained in a day. So pour yourself a nice cool drink (if you can, whip up a pitcher of sangria) and just breathe. Remember this: by the time your kid graduates from high school, he will be potty trained!