Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The boy is enrolled to start preschool in the fall. This is, as expected, breaking my heart. BUT… he very much needs to start being around other kids on a regular basis. We've been lucky, lucky, lucky not to have had to put him in daycare thus far, but it's time for him to start developing his social skills. He's ready for it, as is obvious when he encounters other kids at the park, or at church, or even in the toy aisle at Wal-mart.
So potty training has begun (again) in ernest. If we can get through this, I think it will be a miracle. We're bribing. We're sitting him on the apparatus and letting him cry. It has to be done, and it has to be done now. It should've been done quite a while ago, but I won't even get started on that. I hate the feeling that we're forcing him. So much that you read (which I'm sure I do too much of) says that you shouldn't force, but then other things you read say strip them down, show them where the toilet is, and tell them they have no choice. Why can you show the cat the litter box once or twice and they're good to go, but with children you have to struggle so much?
With this has come, for him, a new fascination with flushing the toilet. In case you were curious, the following items can be flushed, individually, without clogging the pipes:
a Reach© flosser handle
a handful of cotton balls
a tube of Arbonne eye cream (so much for the dark circles under my eyes)
a sample pack of Pantene texturizing shampoo and conditioner
a travel-size jar of Vaseline petroleum jelly
a tube of children's non-flouride toothpaste
I'm sure this list will continue to grow. Maybe I'll add it to the sidebar so I can keep it updated...

3 comments:

Teresa Paulina said...

You go girl... and as you said, it has to be done... he'll get the hang of it when he discovers that you are in charge... up until this point, he has been in charge and has been able to 'keep you two in check' over his pottying.

I'm sure several other things can be flushed without too much exertion on the pipes... legos can... polly pockets can... (remembering from my own past experience.)

Twyla said...

Awww... I feel for you. Thankfully both of my kids are past that stage, but I'm trying to train my nephew whom I babysit everyday. He's NOT loving it...and neither am I.
Oh, and lots of things have been flushed down my toilet too. I bet I don't even know half of what has gone down the tubes. There is a silver ring of mine that has been missing for a couple of months. One can only assume that's where it went. One more thing...banana peels clog toilets and make them over flow. I found that out the hard way.
Good luck with the potty training. Just remember, there are no 14 year olds still in diapers. He'll eventually get it.

Lori said...

Wait until he finds the Weebles.

My sister found out when she was 3 that Weebles are just the right size to go down the bathroom sink drain and get stuck in the trap, which makes a wonderful stopper, especially when you follow it with 3 toothbrushes and a wad of toilet paper.

Mom found out that the upstairs bathroom flooded when a downstairs light fixture (upside down bowl, of course!) started to drip on her. Fortunately for my sister, a neighbor was over and wisked her away before Mom could do serious injury.

Good luck with the training. He'll figure it out, and feel really good about himself when you tell him he's growing into a big boy.