Nine Reasons to Hate Potty Training (PottyProblems)
So, it’s time to start potty training your kid – a very important process, and one which can bring great joy (especially as the number of diapers you have to change reduces!) – but which, let’s face it, can also be a bit frustrating.
To show you that you’re not alone in this frustration, we’ve put together a list of thirteen reasons to hate potty training. See if you can relate!
1. Potty training is: Messy
Like it or not, when you’re teaching something like potty training, it’s not going to be neat, or even clean. There will be mess – on you, on your child, and in a lot of places you’d never even thought of! Take a deep breath, hold your nose, and know it won’t last forever.
2. Your laundry Pile Will Grow
It’s not just your kid who will get messy – you’ll have a lot more laundry to do than you’ve ever done before. So be sure to stock up on laundry soap!
3. Your Patience Levels Will Be Tested during Potty Training
Like it or not, potty training takes patience – a LOT of patience. You will repeat the same thing over and over again, until you’re sick of the sound of your own voice. Hold on tight – it will be over soon!
4. Outings Are Way More Stressful while potty training
Planning for an outing with a toddler (or two!) is stressful enough – and then you start potty training.
It doesn’t matter how many times you ask “Do you need to go potty?” before ou leave to go to the store. As soon as you get far enough away form the house, a little voice will say “Mommy… I need to go potty”. You will run faster than you’ve ever run in your life to get to that potty… and you won’t always make it.
5. You’ll Know Way Too Much About Your Kid’s Bathroom Habits
It’s like having a newborn again – except one who can walk and answer back. You’ll be aware of EXACTLY when your child last used the potty, how much they’ve had to drink, etc. etc. again, be assured it won’t last forever!
6. Potty Training Will Become a game…
…but not always the game you were planning on playing! It’s really important that kids enjoy potty training, so games an be great – but sometimes your kid has different games in mind. Some examples are:
- -The chasing your child with the potty game;
- -hide-and-seek – the kind where you look for your kid to find out where they’ve had an accident;
- These are just a couple of examples – you never know what games your kid will invent!
7. ‘in the potty’ doesn’t always actually mean *in* The Potty
Despite your best intentions, especially at the beginning of the process, the ‘in’ the potty part won’t always register with your kid. You can be sure he’ll go IN somewhere – it just might be in a flowerpot, in the garden… the possibilities are endless!
8. It’s Hard Not To Compare
No matter how hard you try, it’s very hard not to compare your kid’s progress to your friends’ kids – especially when everyone seems to share their progress (or lack of it!) on social media. Sometimes you can’t help feel a little disheartened if your sister’s kid is potty training in a flash, and your kid is struggling – but try not to compare!
9. Potty Training Can Be Embarrassing
Kids can be embarrassing no matter what – but potty training takes it to a whole new level.
Kids will always choose somewhere quiet – like a library, or a church – to shout from the rooftops that they need to go potty. And that’s just one example – prepare to blush!
10. You’ll Spend A Lot of Time At Home
At the beginning of the potty training process especially, you might find it easier to stay at home more – but this can lead to serious parental cabin fever!
11. Everyone Has An Opinion
We all appreciate a bit of help and advice when we’re navigating those trick toddler years – but when it comes to potty training, everyone seems to have an opinion on it.
From your great-aunt (who hever had any kids) to your neighbour (who had three sets of twins and had them potty trained in a day) – everyone wants to tell you how they dod it. While they mean well, sometimes you just have to politely ignore the advice and do it your way.
12. Accidents Will Happen…
…long after the process is over. Just when you think you’ve cracked it – you’ll have a toddler with pee running down their leg, again. Remember how we said you need a lot of patience? Well, you’ll need it for a while. Try to remember that accidents can happen for a lot of reasons, so don’t be hard on yourself.
13. You’ll Celebrate Poop
Yes, you did read that right – you’ll actually want to do a happy dance when your child poops in the potty. Hey, there are worse reasons to dance – so go for it!!