Well, it happened. 10 days ago we packed our gear and Amelia’s gear for Dutch Springs, and I realized she did not need a swimmer.
I repeat: SHE DID NOT NEED A SWIMMER!!
It was then that I realized Amelia is potty trained. Well, mostly. She still sneaks on pullups when she needs to poop, or saves it up for her nighttime pullup, BUT she often does it just right. And if there is a poop, we go through the motions. No more poop duty for this one for me. I’m pretty proud of her, but I’m also proud of us, Mom and Dad, who survived this period. I’m feeling pretty confident that after school starts in a few weeks, this skill will be mastered.
Here are my tips, and keep in mind, I sucked at this, but I still trained my child!
- Patience: OK, kids with learning disabilities may have more difficulty. Consult your pediatrician and special needs experts about what to expect. Don’t freak out if your kid is not meeting what all your friends with typical kids are doing. And please, chuck the books if they’re not helping. (Training in a day, my butt!)
- Don’t sweat it so much. Look, nobody likes dealing with poop but don’t let selfishness over-motivate you. If you need to get used to it, get a dog or cat and get used to dealing with poop. (That was a joke.) (Mostly.)
- Accidents happen, and that’s ok. (Yea, quoting Elmo, sue me.) Unpleasant and painful, but O.K. Buy cheap undies if you must.
- Rewards work – to a point. I mean, there’s only so many times we could give the kid ice cream, KWIM? On the other hand, more ice cream might have made more poop. HMMM….
- Move forward. Yes, we put the potty in the garage – which Amelia was using entirely too much, in private, in her play room, door shut. Girlfriend, the bathroom has a door AND a lock!
- Find your own way. I made probably every mistake you could possibly make and somehow the kid is mostly trained, and, to my surprise, Zoe is starting to pee in the toilet too – especially at school. All we did with her was play Elmo’s Potty Time over and over AND over, to the point where I’m quoting lyrics in my post…
In the final analysis, it happens when it happens. This is a control issue, but the more your child matures, and the more you guide them on a right road (trying as best I can), it’ll happen.