when sterling began preschool i’m pretty sure he was the only child in his class not already potty trained. i had heard that this was a requirement for entering pre-k but the school he joined simply said, “no problem. whenever you’re ready to begin let us know.”
to their credit that was the perfect response.
for you see, i come from the lazy parenting
i believe every child moves at their own pace club and i figured it’s easier for sterling to let us know when he’s ready than to start and stop and start and stop. (read: i wanted to miss the “accidents” phase of potty training.)
besides, i figure he’ll grow out of diapers or pull-ups before he reaches adulthood. that is the goal, right!?!
back in january we had jarod’s parents bring this cutsie frog training potty over just for fun… thinking it might stir up some interest. apart from making our bathroom a little more colorful the frog potty was pretty much ignored.
until one day sterling asked permission to “tinkle” in the tub. of course, we obliged. that happened a couple of times before we began reading the “potty” book with him. then, taking cues from the book i began having sterling sit on the potty to “practice”. and just like that he lost interest. unfortunately, though he enjoyed reading the book, he did not agree with the method. so we went back to our original motto: “no big deal – he’ll get there eventually.”
then one day he said, “i don’t want to wear diaper.” with raised eyebrows we stripped him of all hindrances and said, “ok, but you have to go tinkle in the potty” then went on acting like it wasn’t a big deal.
only thing is… it was a big deal – correction, IS A VERY BIG DEAL because ever since then sterling has requested or expected to go without a diaper. and 95% of the time he goes “tinkle” in the potty. he’s also pretty apt at going “poo” in the potty. we were seriously impressed when he began getting up to use the potty (in his room) during nap time. and the crazy thing is, that sticker chart i began way back during our practice runs simply got thrown away ’cause after two or three days of using the potty “like a big boy” he stopped asking for/expecting stickers. though he still likes mommy to get all excited and scream and jump up and down with him. good times for sure.
of course night time potty training is still under way. some nights i wake sterling and prompt him to use the potty when i get up to nurse liberty but more often than not it’s a confusing time for him so i don’t do it regularly.
but i’m not worried, ’cause we’ll get there eventually.
at least, that’s the lazy parenting philosophy.
i am curious however, how he plans to tell us he’s ready to give up his thumb. 😉