If you’ve ever had a toddler, you know what an adventure potty training can be. And by adventure I mean pain in the arse activity that makes you want to pull your hair out beyond reason.
In today’s parenting world, it’s one of the bajillion things you can do wrongly and forever screw up your kid.
As a mom, you’re warned against starting potty training too early because you could cause your child to have toilet anxiety (a very real dilemma, by the way). There are lists of questions to ask yourself so you’ll “know if your child is ready to pottytrain.”
So when you’ve aptly answered Parenting Magazine’s survey and scored in the correct point bracket, it’s bye-bye diaper time!! Right?
Um, yeah. It’s sooo not that easy.
And just when you think your kid has mastered the ways of the porcelain throne…they decide they just don’t feel like it.
I wish I was kidding.
But I’m not.
After months of being potty trained with not many accidents, AH decided she would really just rather sit in her own urine while she puts puzzles together than interrupt fun time to go sit for a spell in the bathroom.
Thank the Lord she doesn’t fancy sitting in her own poop.
Not to say she didn’t try it. Once.
After I realized she was simply deciding not to get up and go to the bathroom or was deciding to go too late, I tried to remind her but, frankly, I would forget sometimes, too. When I did remember, she would whine about not wanting to go or straight up say, “No. I don’t want to.”
So in an effort to remind myself to remind AH and make potty breaks more consistent and appealing, I bought timers.
Nothing awesome or fancy or even kitchen-cutesy like some of the ones you can find at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Just a plain ole kitchen timer I got for $1.97. Actually, I bought a pair of timers; one for Ms. A’s and one for our house.
Thankfully, I have a child care provider who goes along with what my husband might call one of my “hippie parenting ideas.”
I started the timer at 30 minutes and we’ve now gone to 45 minute increments.
When the buzzer sounds, I make a big deal about it and say, “Woohoo!! The timer buzzed! It’s Potty time!”
AH then says, “Yea!! The timer! Time to go tee-tee!”
So far, problem seems to be solved. We are on day 5 of no accidents.
Who says hippie parenting ideas don’t work?
If you’re having a similar problem with your tot and the toilet, maybe try setting a timer. It’s the best $1.97 I’ve spent in a long time.