#Parentbrag moment! T just told us he was pooping, so that’s great. I mean, it’s awkward dinner conversation, but still – let’s not let societal norms get in the way of progress!
I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. 3 day method? Spend a weekend locked in the bathroom with gallons of prune juice and a hazmat suit? Send him out into the wilderness to learn with the animals? How does this happen?! For better or worse there is PLENTY of material to read on the subject, the problem is sorting the wheat from the chaff. Out of the mountains of books I found myself buried under, Potty Training for Dummies stood out as a clear winner, mainly because of my past experiences with the For Dummies brand, but also because the comics are really funny.
I love the For Dummies model – take a topic, find an expert, break it down, use small words. They make the information relatable so you know what they’re talking about, and accessible so you don’t have to read the entire section if you are looking for a specific topic. In my case the chapter on Brainwashing your Child (in a Nice Way) had exactly what I was looking for. While I have since read the book cover to cover, it’s great to have reference points to go back to.
Potty Training for Dummies covers everything from the child psychology of toilet training to the step by step overview of various methods, offers quick tips along the way, and reminds you that no one got it right the first time so don’t panic over any regression. I strongly recommend it to anyone who has a toddler reaching the potty stage, or is just curious about the literal shit-storm that lies ahead.
I’m thrilled that someday soon(ish) we may be living the diaper-free lifestyle. In the meantime I’ll keep the mop – and my sense of humor – handy. It’s going to be a long road, but we all get there in the end.
Wish me luck out there…