Thursday, June 04, 2009

Potty-training - Three strikes

We're a colorful little family around here. I will take most of the credit for that. And the odd things that Little Elvis does? I'm pretty sure those are traits that he inherited from me.

Since we march to our own little beat with most things, potty-training is no different.

I do not like to read instruction manuals or how-to guides. The pregnancy books? Bob had to read the one we had when I was pregnant with Little Elvis. We're trying out a different kind now, and Bob still has to read it some.

I just don't like reading stuff that tells me what to do.

When we decided to start potty-training, I didn't do any reading on the subject. We bought a potty and plopped Little Elvis onto it.

Only after a few weeks of him happily sitting on the potty, but refusing to pee, did I start looking for advice.

While he was with us when we bought the potty, he didn't have a say in the selection. And we certainly didn't make a big deal out of it. STRIKE 1.

You have to make a big deal out of buying the potty? This is why I don't read these things...

In the midst of us trying to coerce our son to pee in the potty, Bob discovered that Little Elvis would happily pee-pee in the big boy potty. STRIKES 2 and 3.

According to pee-pee in the potty experts, you want to start your son out sitting on his own potty. That's easier for everyone involved. Blah, blah, blah.

Just a couple of months in, and we were already screwing up big-time. Instead of following the recommended potty-training style from here on out, we are continuing to do our own thing. Sometimes combining techniques recommended by rival potty-training experts. Sometimes just inventing our own kooky tricks....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Svara only used her potty chair a handful of times, if that... they are now in the closet. When we switched to having a small toddler seat on the big toilet she took to that MUCH faster. I tried reading up on toilet training, but didn't find too much that was useful.

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