by MESHEL LAURIE
Oh hi everyone.
Just popping by Mamamia to ask for the contact details of one of those agencies where you drop your three-year-old off and pick it up when it’s toilet trained. I just can’t seem to find one in my area, and I’m obviously not searching the App store properly either because nothing there seems to fit.
As it is, I’m reduced to begging my twins to sit on potties on the lounge room floor, while I enact scenes from their favorite books and promise a lolly to anyone who can conjure a caca. I tried one of those little seats that sits over the normal toilet seat, but my daughter screamed as though she suspected an imminent crocodile attack from below at which point even I realized I was setting us back if I persevered.
I’m sure David Hughes won’t mind my telling you that his three year old son happily uses the toilet for standing wees but refuses to sit on it for poos explaining that to do so would would be “too dangerous.” As my daughter appeared to agree with young Master Hughes, I bought a couple of potties and set up a comfortable little nest in the lounge.
They are not really into it. “Let’s sit on the potty,” I said cheerfully, “and we’ll play the Elmo game on the iPad and see if we can do a wee wee!” My daughter looked up at me sympathetically and shaking her head slowly, said ever so gently, “No way mum.”
That’s hard to come back from, and makes me wonder (or hope) maybe they’re not ready yet, and I should consider (or could possibly get away with) putting it off for a little while longer. Dr Google is very clear about one thing, that is the importance of the readiness of the child. Unfortunately Dr Google splits into a million opinions about when that readiness might occur and how best to judge.
I swear two years ago, everything I read about toilet training said to wait until kids were at least 2 and a half because they couldn’t control their little wee wee mechanisms until then. Now my twins are almost three, everything I read says you’d be mad to wait until peak tantrum throwing time to teach them anything! Women online are declaring they toilet trained 4 month olds!!!