Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Enough to Drive You Potty; Trials and Tribulations in Pursuing the Holy Grail of Parenthood

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Enough to Drive You Potty; Trials and Tribulations in Pursuing the Holy Grail of Parenthood

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WHEN you have children, it comes with a sense of freedom to talk about poo and wee.

If you are not a parent, are eating your breakfast or can't really stomach conversations about littlies' bodily functions, best stop reading now because I am going there.

From the moment they are born, you become obsessed with it - from whether they are doing enough to whether it's the right colour.

As they get older, it's about constant nappy changing, and then as toddlers it becomes about the toilet training.

In the volumes of information out there about parenting and how to do it, I am sure half is about getting them out of nappies.

There are hundreds of ideas about what to do, not to do, training methods and systems, reward charts, special potties and steps and chairs - it is a minefield.

With baby number two arriving when our eldest was 21 months old, we had read that it can be a good idea to start toilet training before the new baby is born so you don't have two children in nappies for too long.

Thinking this was a good idea we armed ourselves with jocks and a potty and introduced Master H to the world of toilet training.

After a few months of encouragement, we were getting nowhere and with Master T's impending arrival we decided to just see how things went - the answer was nowhere.

Despite being aware of what happens on the toilet and when he was using weeing and pooing in his nappy, Master H showed no signs he was interested in doing anything without one.

Of all the things I read, not pushing and waiting until they are ready seemed to be the best idea.

But as he turned two, then two and a half, and then three, it was starting to get a little tiresome.

Even just the suggestion of wearing jocks would send him into a meltdown.

He didn't even like being in a nappy without any pants and the idea of wearing pants without a nappy or jocks seemed downright absurd to him.

He wouldn't entertain the thought of taking his nappy off to try to use the potty or the toilet. …

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