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Like most mothers I look forward to certain milestones in my children's life - first smile, first time sleeping through the night, first steps, first words, first hero fascination. And then there are other milestones that I do not look forward to - tantrums, learning to say the word no, finding out how to hide at the store, etc. But no milestone filled me with more dread than...(gulp) potty training.
Perhaps it was all the "horror stories" I heard from other mothers at play group. Maybe it was the fact that all the books I read about potty training had children starting at 18 months (my son is 3). Or it could be the statistic I heard that it takes 7 months on average to fully potty train a child. In any case I avoided it like the plague (obviously, because like I just said, my son is 3). I kept telling myself "when this box of diapers runs out I'll teach him." And then his diapers would run out and I would head straight to Costco to buy myself another 6 week supply. I did this several times. As in several several times. I didn't care that I had two kids in diapers. I like (love) diapers. They are easy, they are fast, they are convenient, they are disposable. However, I didn't want my boy to be the laughing stock of Nursery so I gave myself a pep talk and planned the date when I would begin potty training. And then I talked it up to my toddler with promises of presents galore (he's a sucker for presents, that one).
The morning of training was exhausting...he cried, I cried, the baby cried (not in relation to the potty training, though) and by nap time we were all exhausted. After putting a load of underwear in the wash I collapsed. But then a miracle occurred. After my youngster's nap things "clicked" for him. It's been a month since potty training day and he's only had a handful of accidents.
So either I totally lucked out with an easy-potty-trainable child or the bribery and his old age worked in my favor. In any case it wasn't so bad. I'd take it over teething any day.