I gotta go!

Second only to “I love you” the sweetest words the parent of any toddler will here are “I gotta go”.  My son is officially potty trained at 2 years 9 months and 27 days!

I am convinced that a child potty trains himself as opposed to being potty trained.  We have been working on potty training for several months but two weeks ago a switch was flipped and my son decided that he would no longer wear a diaper.

We tried everything to get him potty trained.  We sat him on the toilet and read a book but we could never find a book interesting enough to keep him sitting for more than 7.8 seconds and just like bull riding anything less than 8 seconds won’t cut it.  We tried Cheerios in the toilet for him to use as a target when aiming but we quickly realized that a 2-year-old doesn’t really aim he would just as soon pee on the floor as he would a Cheerio.  We bought a potty chair because we thought he might sit on in more than 8 seconds but quickly found that he prefers to use anything he can carry as a stepping stool to access a cabinet that he should not get into.  We even tried to put him into regular “big boy” underwear in hopes that he wouldn’t like being “wet”.  That backfired because he told us that his diaper leaked and we need to buy better diapers next time!

My wife and I have become experts on exactly what not to do when potty training.  For you parents reading this blog my potty training advice is to not force potty training onto your child, when he or she is ready – it will happen – and when it does you’ll think you’re a pretty good parent when in reality – you have a pretty good kid.

If anyone needs 300 size 6 diapers, please let me know – I am more than happy to see them leave!

Now if you’ll excuse me I believe I just heard my son say “I gotta go” and as I mentioned earlier his aim isn’t so good and neither is his ability to pull his pants down…now where is that darn potty chair.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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One Response to I gotta go!

  1. Stephanie says:

    I whole-heartedly agree with you that it’s the kiddo’s decision. I tried for weeks with my son and had all the same frustrations until one day we were at the home of a friend who had a son a few months older than my son. While we were there, the little boy was running around the house wearing only a pair of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle underwear. The very next morning my son tells me that he wants to wear the “turtle” underwear and once he got a pair on, he never had another accident. He turned out to be the easiest of my 3 children to “potty-train”.

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