I could smack myself upside the head for every time I clucked at some stressed-out mom struggling with toilet training.
"Oh just relax. They'll do it when they're ready," was my well-broadcast mantra. Mostly because I relaxed, and Dennis did it when he was ready. Must be a foolproof plan, right?
But Lila hasn't read the memo.
And that's not because she can't read, or write, or solve simple algebraic equations. At age 3 years 7 months, she can do plenty of things, except use the potty.
Scratch that. She WON'T use the potty.
For the past year, I've had plenty of excuses for this too -- she's afraid of plumbing, it's a control/power thing, she's too little to feel secure on the seat. Blah, blah, blah.
Covertly, I was already dabbling in bribery -- M&Ms, ballet lessons, you name it. I even brought home a pink nail polish set. When Lila poops, her nails get pained pink! She clapped with glee at the prospect, but no potty action.
Last night, I just plain hit the wall. The wall of diapers. The nasty crunching sound of the Diaper Genie haunts my dreams. It's time for a change, and not of the Pampers variety.
Readers, please help me out. I need your advice. How do I potty train this child -- immediately? Share your ninja potty secrets in the comment section, or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
about the author
Erica Noonan is chief of the Globe West bureau. Before joining the Globe in 2000, she worked for the Associated Press in Boston. Raised in Wellesley, she has a master's degree in political communication from Emerson College and a BA in political science from Trinity University in San Antonio. She lives in Natick with two energetic children: Dennis, 6, and Lila, 4.
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