Thursday, July 29, 2010

Potty training as a measure of success

Is there any greater accomplishment than getting a child, especially a boy, potty trained? Apparently not.  I was feeling great about life this week when my child's teacher reminded me that he is the only child in his daycare class who is not potty trained. Suddenly I felt dejected, but why? There is so much pressure on parents to excel in every tiny aspect of parenting.  Any parent will tell you that potty training is a big deal but we have to set our own goals and timelines.  So I tell myself that I will have a potty trained child and the process will be fun for both of us.  Happy, healthy child, that is my barometer for success.  This weekend will be filled with hugs, kisses and potty lessons but if it takes him a few extra weeks to learn - no worries. As a friend reminded me when I was potty training my first child, "he won't go to college in diapers." Thanks, friend.


  1. Yes, a Happy Healthy child is more important. We were getting pressured from our Daycare provider to get kaylie potty trained. Kaylie uses the potty at home and I couldn't understand why she wouldn't do it at playschool. I found out she just wasn't comfortable and if she goes in her pull ups at school and in the potty at home I'm fine with that. ...Still investigating "the Why" though.

  2. Potty training Gian was very challenging. Giorgio just doesn't feel like it; he know to do. Bribing him with lollipops may be the next step :-). Good luck with Kaylie. It is something to keep an eye on but not to stress over.


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