Friday, March 11, 2011

Lessons from the Past: Potty Training Woes...

If you are in the midst of a potty training battle right now, then you know how frustrating accidents can really be. But before you throw in the towel just remember, it could be worse!

My poor mother potty trained 7 children, all 2 years apart in age, plus a handful of daycare children, in our little house with only ONE bathroom! And she magically had ALL 5 girls potty trained by age two, and the 2 boys by age three!

But it certainly didn't come easy for her. Due to the large amount of children and limited bathroom access, there were often "accidental" puddles of pee covering the hallway carpet right outside our bathroom!

Worst of all... any time we got home from a trip, there was a mad dash to the bathroom since EVERYONE had to go. The three children at the end of the line usually wet their pants before their turn came, or resorted to crying hysterically whilst begging the sibling in the bathroom to at least let them stand in the tub before they wet themselves!

Don't worry though, we eventually took to begging our neighbors to let us use their bathrooms, and by the time I was 12, a VERY nice man that went to church with us offered to come over and build us a second bathroom. BEST. DAY. EVER!!!

So, if your little 3 year old doesn't quite make it to the potty on time, don't fret! As long as there is a bathroom available, he/she will eventually figure it out and you will be Joyfully DIAPER and ACCIDENT FREE before you know it! (At least until the next one comes along.)


  1. There's a great book you can get from the library called "Toilet Training In Less than A Day" and it really works!

  2. haha i remember using the trash can a lot because I couldn't wait in line any longer. Good times.

  3. I guess I should stop procrastinating and just potty train Taylor. I've been dreading it, but I definitely don't have it as bad as your mom did! I love your blog. It's so cute.