I confess: I’m afraid of potty training.
There. I said it. Yes, I’m afraid of potty training my two years old son. After reading countless confusing tips and hearing repeatedly that boys tend to take longer to potty train, I find myself very apprehensive to get serious about potty training. I know it’s something that must be done. And one day it will be a thing of the past. But can’t I wait until there is mutually a better understanding in our communication? Until I can say “this is what it feels like when you have to pee/poop, when you get that feeling go to the potty…”
Here’s my story:
We started potty training way too early; we began shortly after my son turned one. First mistake. In the beginning things were going great. It didn’t take much time for him to get acclimated to the potty, and every now and then he would actually pee in it. We celebrated his success with cheering and dancing and hugging and telling him that we were proud of him. Well I guess that wasn’t enough. After a while, he began boycotting the potty. He would sit on it, but would refuse to pee in it. And this is where we are stuck in our potty training challenge.
But as he grows older and continues to advance in his development I’m starting to feel guilty/lazy/anxious/embarrassed/more scared about getting serious. I have no real idea of what I’m in for and there is no exact math to how long it will actually take. The cliché “it’s a process” doesn’t cut it for me. I’ve seen books and articles claiming it will take 3 days, but that just sounds too good to be true; and furthermore, I DON’T BELIEVE IT!
So for now, I’ll continue to change diapers, I’ll continue to pretend we are attempting to really train when other moms bring it up in conversation, and I’ll continue to tell my mom “yes, he sat on the potty today, but he didn’t do anything it in.”
Pray for me y’all…and offer real advice! Please?!