Regular readers might remember that last week I started a Toilet Training Series. Things had gone so well with Pebble’s toilet training. I was full of confidence. I figured, why not share my new found knowledge and wisdom with the world? You can see where this is going, right?
The very DAY that the toilet training post went live, Pebble went on full potty strike. It was NO NO NO NO NO. I left it for a day or two to see what would happen. Three days later, still no potty. Then followed two days of child care and a weekend… there were a couple of wees on the potty, when the conditions were just right and she chose to sit. Other than that she was just. not. interested.
I have been playing it cool, still casually offering knickers every morning. “No, Mummy, I want my knicker-nappy” she says. Otherwise known as pull-ups.
This morning we were at the shops, and Pebble spied a little treat on the shelves. A My Little Pony, to be exact. This was my last chance to see how dire things really were with this toilet training business. I made the happy little suggestion that if Pebble tried to use the potty again, she could have the pony. I clearly outlined the rules: ten stickers on the potty chart (10 successful tries, wees or poos) = 1 pony. She looked at the pony, she looked at me, and she said, “I think we’ll just put the pony back, Mummy”. No worries, no stress. And no potty. Bugga.
When we got home Pebble promptly did a poo in her ‘knicker-nappy’ and told me about. While changing her I said to her that Mummy wasn’t going to ask her if she needed to use the potty anymore. I said we’d have a ‘break’ from it. I also told her that she could still use the potty any time she liked, because she knew how to pull her pants down herself. Or she could ask Mummy if she wants to. But for a little while, Mummy was going to stop asking her. “Okay”, she said. “….. but I can do it myself if I want to”.
Fingers crossed that, with time and a break from a
nagging gently reminding mummy, she will make her own choice to use the potty or toilet. We will give it at least a month, maybe more, before trying actively again.
So, with that, the Toilet Training Series is on hold. For now. It will be back :)
Have you had any parenting reality checks lately?