I don’t know if you’ve seen a certain Pamper’s commercial where a mom is reading a book to her child about potty training, but the letters on the book are all scrambled to show that it’s like a foreign language to the kid. Hence the name of this post. Only in my case, I am the one who is thoroughly confused and frustrated. Because I’ve never been good with foreign languages.
My 2 year old used to use the potty – he would ask for it. Now, all of a sudden, he refuses to use the potty. It results in kicking and screaming and “no, mommy, no!” when I try to get him to just sit on the thing. And we are using small pottys, it’s not like he’s going to fall in the big toilet.
I’m a firm believer that there are certain things you cannot force a child to do. You cannot force a child to eat. You cannot force a child to sleep. And you cannot force a child to put his bodily waste in an acceptable receptacle. All you can do is provide the proper environment for these things to occur. You offer a wide variety of foods. You create a bedtime routine. You provide nice pottys, stickers, rewards, praise, and some amount of “you really need to tell mommy when you need to use the potty” after you’ve changed the third dirty diaper of the morning on a child that is capable of doing it in the potty.
Parents who read this blog – do you have any advice? I’m at my edge of sanity with this one. He’s four months shy of being three years old. Please comment below (no emails) – everyone should get the benefit of advice on what I hope is a common predicament.