Potty Training Is HARD
Yes, you read that correctly. I am pretty sure I am not the first parent to speak these words.
But, here’s the thing, I just don’t think it should be this hard.
We have done 11 full days of potty training with the help of a very supportive daycare. Mr. MPB has the role of lead potty trainer. I have the role of lead accident cleaner-upper. We both have the role of potty partiers when there are successes.
We have also both put away our phones and had our eyes on our kid every single second he is awake – honestly, the no phone thing has been wonderful. But that’s it. Nothing else has been even remotely close to enjoyable. We are watching him like a hawk yet giving him space to choose go use the potty rather then us forcing him to, we are trying every strategy possible to get our potty resistant kid to use the potty, we have not left the house for more then a quick outing right after a pee, etc.. We are not living, we are simply pee obsessed. We have about 1/4 successes and 3/4 fails – that’s not a great average. Life has not been fun.
I know they say kids his age can be potty trained, and they say parents have to be patient. But, I think, even with the help of a helpful potty consultant the Adult MPB have reached our limit and it’s just not happening for us right now.
So, while we don’t love changing diapers, I also don’t love negotiating with a toddler. In fact, it’s not much a negotiation. Rather it feels much more like continually hitting a brick wall.
And so we are officially suspending our potty training efforts. We admit defeat, for now. We will make the move from diapers to pullups, but that’s it. We will re-try in a few months when he expresses some sort of interest and/or we have the desire to put ourselves through hell again.
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