Time to put your big girl panties on!

I found lots of excuses this spring not to think about potty training.  She’s not showing interest yet so it’ll be torture to try to force it on her if she’s not ready.  I’ve got about all the stress I can handle running around after her and her brother all day long, I’m just not ready to add something even more stressful.  She’s in Mother’s Day Out, and it’s not fair for them to have to deal with that for the weeks or months it will take to make it happen… I’ll just wait until the summer, after she turns 2, and we’ll make it our project to send her back in the fall potty trained.   {….famous last words….}

So it’s summer now, and I have no more excuses except that everyone tells me it’s the worst thing ever, especially with strong-willed kids… which of course mine is.  Don’t misunderstand, I want her to be potty trained!  To think of only having to buy half as many diapers as we buy now… that would be amazing!  I just don’t want to go through the torture of her getting her there!  A funny thing happened a while back though, that made me think maybe, just maybe, this potty training thing doesn’t have to make us both want to kill each other.

A friend of mine mentioned that she potty trained her son using the principles taught in this book called “Toilet Training in Less than a Day” and that I should check it out when I was ready to cross that bridge.

I’m sorry, what?  You’re going to have to say that again, because I’m certain you just said I could potty train my child in less than a day, and I *know* that can’t be possible.  Do you mean to tell me that this most torturous of developmental milestones doesn’t have to be all that torturous after all?  It can actually be a positive event?  No way.  Too good to be true.

But now, as the summer sits before us and I have no more excuses, curiosity got the best of me and I ordered it from Amazon.  Got it on Friday and spent the free and calm bits of my weekend checking it out.

I’m only about a third of the way through, and to be honest they spend the first third trying to prove to me all the reasons I should buy into their method, so I’m just now getting into the actual procedures, but I’m not gonna lie, so far I like what I read!  It gives me hope that this can be a short, pleasant, and positive experience!  They tout a complete success rate, if not within a few hours than certainly within a couple of days.

Have any of you tried this book?  Did you have success with its principles?  If not this, then did you find other things that worked well for potty training?  I’d love your feedback on what worked and what didn’t with your little ones.  I’ll try to post our progress as we get ready for “the big day!”

Here’s hoping we really can be saying goodbye to diapers and hello to big girl panties in the near future!  🙂

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One Response to Time to put your big girl panties on!

  1. Brooke Wilson says:

    hey! We just started potty training Evan about a week and a half ago. (Because we ran out of diapers and I thought,”ok here goes”.) I say started because it is definitely a process. Every kid is different and one method does not work for all. Nate was super easy. Evan is not hard but different. I followed the method of “potty training in a day/weekend” with Evan. Some days are great and some are not. Actually the first few hours were terrible and I almost buckled- HANG IN THERE! Don’t turn back! I thought he may not have been ready and did not show much interest but he has amazed me! Also, both of my kids were a little older (about 2 1/2-2 3/4) when they started. Don’t feel bad if you need to wait! Don’t feel pressure to rush into it. Hope it goes well- I will be thinking about and praying for you!

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