Potty Training. UGH. I've been there. And with a 26-month-old the time is almost upon me again. Is is terrible that I'm putting it off? I
Just when I had declared I didn't care if she was 10 years old and not potty-trained because it would be her problem then and not mine, I got some excellent advice. Advice I'd wished someone had told me from the very beginning. Advice I got from the pediatrician, no less. It was like the Heavens parted.
Relax. She'll do it when she's ready.
You mean, I'm not a terrible mother because she isn't potty trained yet? Wow. We mothers can be so hard on ourselves. But that's what I thought. I was the failure. The pediatrician helped me to see that it wasn't about me. My daughter had to be the one leading if we were to be successful.
I didn't give up necessarily. I let her tell me when she was ready. And all it took was one afternoon at a friend's house and seeing her friend's little sister go potty. She came home telling me "See, Mom? She does it. Maybe I should try it." And we never looked back. I, for one, have never been so happy for peer pressure before in my life! Victory! She was finally potty-trained at 42 months. It took us 22 months-almost 2 years. True story. All I can really say is this. Potty Training truly earns you the badge of patience.
*Side note: My husband is quick to point out if potty training was this hard we need to seriously prepare for adolescence. YIKES!
But seriously, for those whose child IS ready to potty train, here are some useful links: