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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Toilet Training Talk #6

The 3 year old has turned a corner... sort of...
She's made a few excursions to the toilet on her own and is probably getting the hang of it.
Except that she had a major accident yesterday on the bedroom rug in 2 places-- luckily for us we had the miracle orange upholstery/carpet cleaning liquid managing the seemingly impossible.
She really is getting it though... longer intervals between trips to the bathroom.
Except that she... erm... had an accident this afternoon, 10 cm off the spot marked X. *Sigh*
Very inconsiderate, I tell ya.

I've seen a few "dos and don'ts" for toilet training out there and I think they're helpful as long as you take them as a guide rather than the Ten Commandments. The magical 1 week solution hasn't worked for me which doesn't mean it won't work for someone else. I'm oddly awful at toilet training... especially when you hear those happily ever after stories from other toilet trainers. Actually, not that odd when I think about it. I try too hard, expect too much and freak out when accidents happen. I don't think there's ever going to be a manual for the likes of me. What I would really like though is a robot type thingamy that cleans up after accidents thoroughly (wipe, mop and mop again) ... that would make me extremely happy. Very happy. Better than any toilet training manual. Far, far better.

It would be nice to be able to blame the toilet trainees. But when they're mostly under the age of 4, one hasn't a hope. Not at least without tearing one's dignity to shreds.

Meanwhile, there's no magic pill or formula... just vigilance and patience. Plenty of patience. But at least the second time around, I know there's light at the end of the tunnel.


  1. Hi Lilian,
    we're in the middle of the sixth time around. Still. (!) You're absolutely right about the patience. I've tried quite a few different methods, and so far they've all required lots of it :-)

  2. Oh hi Sandy... Hey thanks for commenting.
    I bow to your superior capacity for patience. Six times! You're a rare breed!


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