By Amy R.
Potty training is evil. I know that I should be reading tons of parenting books and researching online all the different tricks and tips to potty training, but I just haven't. Isabelle knows perfectly well when she is going number one or number two in her diaper. In fact, she tells me, usually during (but mostly after), when she has done the deed.
In fact, she demands to be changed immediately.
I've tried the whole, "Don't you want to wear big girl panties like mama?" I've tried, "Doesn't wearing a diaper make you feel yucky when you've pooped?" She looks at me and usually says yes, but doesn't really seem to feel the need to even LOOK at the potty I have for her.
When she has succeeded in "using the potty" she has gone number two. It's like she has no problem letting the missles drop but she will NOT let go of her own pee. How can you explain to a 2-year-old that peeing will feel a lot better on the potty than stuck next to her body in her diaper?
I KNOW that I'm supposed to be sitting her on the potty and encouraging her to go. I KNOW I'm supposed to focus on that. My problem is that I have this irking feeling that she will TELL me when she's ready. Is that too New Age? Is that bizarre? I honestly don't think she's quite READY to be completely trained.
She goes about once a week on the potty for me and a few times a week for our daycare provider. Shouldn't that be enough? What textbook says 2.3 is the time to do it? Should I be keeping up with the neighbors? Should I be worried that Little Suzy who is 2 months younger than Isabelle is completely trained?
I don't want to deal with plastic sheets. I don't want to worry about "accidents." I guess most parents don't. I just hate feeling like I'm inadequate as a mom.
I read on DotMoms a while back about a fantasy potty training Boot Camp. If that exists, sign me up. I can't be the only one that feels this way? Can I?
Amy R. is the twentysomething mother of Isabelle. She is a high school teacher who lives in Mexico, Maine and is trying to find the funny side of life as a newly divorced mom.