Before The Liz even turned two years old, there were questions being posed to be regarding potty training. Namely, when would I start.
Everyone is always anxious to get kids out of diapers, because let’s face it: diapering freakin’ sucks. They’re nasty, they’re expensive and unfortunately, very much needed for the first however many years of your child’s life.
So, I was anxious for it too. Even before she turned two, I went out and bought a potty seat and I was all gung-ho that this child is smart and she’s going to be going to the bathroom on the toilet before her second birthday and–.
Joke was friggin’ on me.
The Liz is very smart (and mama may be a little biased, but I was in labor with her for an ungodly amount of hours, I’m allowed), but she also wasn’t even two and needless to say, that crashed and burned in about a day of trying it at daycare.
So I let up. I didn’t drag her, screaming, to the potty. I didn’t make her sit on it while she was watching TV to get her used to it. I didn’t try to bribe her with M&Ms if she’d just touch it without crying.
And you know what happened?
She decided when she was ready and so far, we’re almost a full week into a successful potty training campaign.
This post isn’t to brag about my kid’s bowel and bladder habits (okay, maybe it is just a smidge but she’s earned me bragging on her a little bit).
This post is a reminder to listen to your kids. It’s a reminder that you don’t have to do things on anyone else’s timetable and you sure as shit don’t have to force that timetable on your kiddo.
Maybe it’s just my desire to be one of the crunchy granola moms who can wear a sloppy bun without looking like Ms. Trunchbull from Matilda, but one of the things I’m learning is that kids will do things when they’re good and ready.
Instead of fighting it, maybe we just need to sit back and go along for the ride.