Sunday March 29th – Day Two, Adventures in Potty Training

Day Two, and our son was kind enough to let us sleep in until 6:45 this morning. So I guess that was a win… We started out the day with as much positivity and optimism as the day before – we knew everything wouldn’t click in his head overnight, since it very rarely works for children this way. Potty training is a skill learning experience between parents or caregivers and their children, and it takes time and lots of practice to perfect this skill. It’s similar to learning a language, or learning to play an instrument, you must practice. One benefit of being the one to teach your own child is you really get an inside look as to HOW your child learns, and this is something that will help you in the future.

So, we spent Day Two practicing peeing and pooping in the potty. We were still met with resistance and tears, but they didn’t happen EVERY single time we sat on the potty. He got pretty good holding at his pee when we caught him mid-stream and carried him over, and discovered an effective method of getting him to actually hold it was saying “Hold it, hold it” while we hurried.

Remember when I mentioned how I got lucky with the poop in the potty on Day One? Yeah, this is the time I can confirm that suspicion. My son and I were just sitting on the floor reading some books, no mention of the potty or poop from him, and I look down to see some poop casually smeared across my pant leg. I would have done something to prevent it had I heard any kind of grunting, or felt any kind of muscle tension. But no, there were no signs, just the aftermath. I calmly called for my husband to get me a new pair of pants and stuck our son on the potty so he could finish. Of course, he wanted nothing to do with it and proceeded to thrash around and flop on the floor. *Sigh*, maybe I would get the next one.

This is the day that both my husband and I reread the section of the book that talks about “Block One Drama”. The idea of the blocks is to build one success on top of another, and as your child starts to get more practice and have more success at peeing naked, you begin to add things like clothes and going outside. We wanted to be reminded of what to expect in terms of difficulties, and resistance was the biggest one. The book discusses how days two to four are particularly difficult as your child continues to adjust to the new order of things, and how meltdowns are to be expected, so our brief doubts were put at ease.

Something that helped greatly was we started potty training on a Saturday so that we would have two solid days of our son being our sole focus. If it’s possible, it is a huge help to have a second set of eyes to help take the pressure off, but it is not a requirement. Many single parents, or other care providers, have had great success potty training on their own, and I want to commend their efforts. You are brave, you are strong, you are capable!

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