Potty training. I have an instant dislike for anything with the word “training” in, when it’s mentioned in conjunction with parenting – but this was an area that I was pretty sure I couldn’t avoid. After all, we do at some point need to know how to use a toilet properly.
Most people seem to agree that upwards of 2 years old is a good time to start thinking about it, but other than that there’s no clear milestone – other than the fear of your child arriving at preschool aged three and you not being up to speed with other parents having already succeeded in the toileting mission.
As a pre-parent and teacher, I could not believe that there were children who could speak and understand their parents who were unable to get to the toilet. Ah, the naivety of those without children. I may have forgotten to mention that I was an awesome pre-parent. The theory is easy, the practical application when presented with own children is somewhat different.
The book is very simple and really supportive of little ones – there are pages on picking your own potty – which I actually never considered, but is a brilliant tip because naturally they want to sit on something that they decided on themselves and bought home from the shop.
It covers wearing smart pants [or tighty-whiteys as my boys are now calling them], washing your hands and accidents. I love that on the accidents page it specifically tells you that you might have them, and that it’s okay. It’s so easy as a parent to be frustrated with your little one peeing all over your rug because they forgot to go to the toilet – and yet it’s so counterproductive to both parties. Little people need big support – and the saddest part for me this week was when Lyoto didn’t quite make it up the stairs and at bedtime when we were doing his bedtime chart [which also features Thomas and is more for Jensen to have his things ready for school the next day] and he asked if Thomas was going to be sad because he had a wee on the stairs.
In the back of the book is a reward chart, which Lyoto loves. He’s very motivated by stickers along a chart and the supporting reward chart book means that we can continue the sticker collecting after the initial chart is finished.
The “My Thomas Potty Book” is a brilliant introduction for little ones to toilet time, and with a padded jacket and board pages, it’s durable enough to last until Hero needs to learn too.
Everyone has a trick they’ve found to be brilliant at potty time – my mum’s was squeezing a sponge behind a teddy bear on the potty and asking me if I could wee like my bear! What’s yours?