August 12, 2009

The Critics

I know that I've been going on and on about this potty-training thing. Perhaps to the point of annoyance. I think that I wind up sounding like a broken record at times. It's just that I get really excited about this! Potty-training is a big deal and requires lots of time and effort, and I feel good when we make some progress! I also find PK hilarious during potty-training. All of that peeing on the floor, and the occasional floor poops. And she doesn't even care. Ah, the fun!

But today, I will talk about something slightly different: my potty-training critics! Whenever I tell people that I'm potty-training PK now, I always get asked, "Well isn't it a bit early?" And when I tell them that my sis and I were trained at age 1, they look all bug-eyed. I don't even get into the part where my mom trained me in one week. They might pee themselves. After they get over the initial shock, I often get the snarky comments like, "She won't really understand it at this age." Maybe not in the same way that you or I understand things, but kids at this age aren't dumb. They are sponges. The things you do now end up becoming ingrained in their little minds.

When I tell them that I've had some success of getting her to pee and poop in the potty, I usually get comments like, "Well, just remember that you may have some setbacks sometimes." Don't I know it. It's not like I thought it would be all peachy. I DID step on poop a couple of weeks ago. And I've lost count of the number of times that I've had to clean pee off the floor while trying to make sure that PK didn't step on her masterpiece. Oh, and another favorite of mine, "Well, I suppose it's good that you're getting her used to the idea." Yes, I'm getting her used to it, but I'm also training her. This isn't some occasional thing. It's the real deal.

I put a TON of effort into potty-training PK every day. There are days when I'd rather not have to deal with it. Believe me. It's a pain in the ass for all of us. The hubby is playing along and is doing a great job at helping me out, but I know that there are days when he'd just rather us not train her. But this is something that I believe she can do, and I would prefer it if she wasn't in diapers when she's 3. Just a personal preference. I'm not criticizing other parents' styles. You do whatever you feel is best for your own kids. You're the parent. But don't criticize me.


David S said...

I think it's great that you're training PK at the appropriate age to use the potty. Too many parents are too lassaiz-faire when it comes to this. I think the abundance of diapers that you don't have to wash out has made many parents lazy when it comes to potty training. I had a discussion with a couple of people on this over the weekend (they're not parents, but they are aunts and uncles or god-parents of kids) and they've seen both ends of the spectrum. I think it's ridiculous for some parents to keep their kids i diapers until their 4 or 5 years of age (if you go to the supermarket, they make diapers for kids that big these days). All I can say is keep up the good work and be an example to parents today that it can be done in a short time frame, since that's what used to be the norm as opposed to the exception today.

IndyComp0T1 said...

Thanks David! It's nice to get some positive re-enforcement and support on this! :)