Everything* I Need to Know About Life I Learned Potty Training My Toddler

by Ginger on August 20, 2012

in NoodleKnobs

  1. Some things you have to do for yourself.
  2. But it can help to have a shoulder to lean on.
  3. Don’t rush the important stuff.
  4. Do what you need to do first, and THEN you can have candy.
  5. Sometimes you just need to let your legs swing.
  6. Don’t use paper unless you need it.
  7. Patience. Patience. Patience.
  8. A good book is always worth having around.
  9. Accidents happen, and it’s ok.
  10. Learn to clean up after yourself.
  11. Don’t touch anything in a port-a-potty.
  12. Things usually get worse if you don’t take care of them right away.
  13. Asking for help is ok.
  14. You can’t rush other people or put them on your schedule. Learn to accept their pace.
  15. What you eat can come back to haunt you.
  16. Sometimes you forget something you’ve already learned. It’s ok, just learn it again.
  17. No really, don’t touch anything in a port-a-potty.
  18. Boys and girls often do things differently, even though the end result is the same.
  19. Drink more water.
  20. If something is scary, better to face it than deal with the mess later.
  21. It’s not how fast you go, it’s how accurate you are.
  22. Step-stools are your friend.
  23. Always clean up your messes.
  24. It’s best to keep some things private.
  25. There are places where food isn’t appropriate.
  26. Try to plan for emergencies & hope they never happen.
  27. Everyone learns at their own pace, but we all get there in the end.
  28. Wash your hands.
  29. Some things that seem insurmountable now will one day be routine.
  30. Just keep trying.

 

*If by everything I mean “a lot of things.” Which I totally do.

Alyssa S. August 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

I’d respectfully add: Any task is made more interesting if you add music to it. We learned that from our Fisher Price musical training potty 🙂

Ginger August 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Oooh, good one!!

Robbie August 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

cute list.

Cloud August 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Ah, we’re ramping up potty training with our little one now. I am still a bit scarred from how it went with her older sister, but I just keep reminding myself that, as you said, we got there in the end.

Andie August 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I should have had this written on my bathroom mirror while potty training twins! I would have gotten a few less grey hairs!

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