THE DOO-DOOS AND DON’TS OF POTTY TRAINING
DO call Daddy at work and share your child’s success.
DON’T forget to wait to find out that you actually dialed the right number in your excitement before yelling, “Guess who went potty??!!” to a complete stranger on the phone.
DO encourage your boys by putting circular objects like fruit loops and cheerios in the toilet to aim at.
DON’T lose your temper when you find your circular ruby ring at the bottom of the toilet.
DO purchase adorable Disney Princess undies for your daughters.
DON’T laugh the first time your daughter comes to you crying because she accidentally peed on Cinderella’s face.
DO encourage yourself with a small piece of candy when you reward your child for going potty.
DON’T beat yourself up for gaining a little weight because your child goes to the potty a thousand times a day.
DO praise your child when they first accomplish going to the bathroom.
DON’T immediately start applauding and yelling when your son tries going standing up for the first time. Your excitement may literally be dampened by a startled stream to the face.
DO try putting your child in undies.
DON’T put your child in undies overnight too soon. There’s nothing like dreaming you’re sinking into a warm hot tub in a luxury resort only to wake up and realize that that warm pool is filling your bed.
DO talk to your child obsessively about the joys of going potty on the toilet.
DON’T be surprised if your child asks every complete stranger he sees if they’ve gone poopy yet.
DO encourage your child while they are sitting doing their business with plenty of comments like, “Good job! You can do it!” and “I hear the poopy coming!” and “Someone’s a big girl now!”
DON’T be too embarrassed when they encourage you with the exact same words while you’re doing your business in a public bathroom.
Do talk to other moms and get support.
Don’t let that “perfect mom” convince you that her child had no accidents. Look around at any mom and appreciate that they’ve done their time dodging stray streams, slipping in surprise puddles, sponging up wet carpet, and apologizing profusely to grocery store janitors. .. just like you.
DO remember that potty training takes time and you will get through it.
DON’T stop repeating this to yourself over… and over… and over… :-)