This ain’t my first rodeo…then why is it I keep getting bucked off? I have potty trained 7 kids, and helped with a whole bunch more. I thought I had this down! I have been at it for 4 days with very little success. This is exhausting! it wouldn’t be so bad if I saw some little success but it seems to be getting worse not better. I reviewed the book “Toilet Training in Less Than a Day.” I have always used that model and it has worked. I loved how the author encourages focusing on the positive. Which is what I have been doing, for the most part. It’s hard to be positive about poop everywhere on the carpet. After a couple days I thought “it’s going to click in anytime, and once she goes on the potty my work will be done, this is worth the effort right now, it really is.” But so far, I have been fooling myself. The baby is 23 months old, definitely old enough, I have had some train at 18 months so I thought it was reasonable. I don’t think it’s a power struggle, and I know she comprehends the process so that rules out 2 arguments.
I have taken to enlisting some of the kids for help. Maybe she cans sense any feelings I might have of wanting to control her. It’s worth a shot. I normally don’t stress about this stuff but I have felt like I am so tied down with trying to read her face and body language for any signs of needing to go, but with no clues. I would consider just going back to diapers and trying again in a couple of months but the book says NEVER do that. So I am resolved to power through it.
Well, back to the…wait! What? Oh my goodness gracious! She just out of the blue went and sat on the potty and went all by herself, with no fanfare or anything! I hope this is how it will be going from now on. I’ll keep you posted.