Milestone: David Potty Trained

My little guy finally nailed potty training and what a relief to say the least.

David turned 3 years old early this year and I’d hoped that he would have been potty trained. It didn’t happen, as much as I huffed and puffed about it.

It’s not a big deal if your child hasn’t yet mastered potty training by the age of 3. Every child is different and they should not be compared to one another.

Oh yeah? So says you, shame you didn’t take your own advice!

Well, I can talk now! Didn’t I compare David to Faith?  Ok, ok! I did compare David to Faith. Or maybe I should put it this way; I had high expectations of David. LOL

Potty training with Faith was easy peasy lemon squeezy. One weekend was all it took. We stayed home and simply put her on the potty frequently. She aced it and I expected David to do the same.

Wonder-boy refused to poop in the potty. He won’t even tell us when he’s done it’s in his pull-up. He specializes in doing a poop after you’ve changed him. Errrrr It was frustrating at times.

David took his potty training to heart and he started praying about it every night at prayer time. He simply prayed, “God help me to poop in the potty and not my pull-up”.

Finally, this month on a Saturday morning while I was about to put him in a pull-up he asked if he could have pants instead. I was reluctant due to our less-than-successful effort in the past.

What was different this time was David requested for pant himself. I obliged and put pants on him while reminding him that he must tell me when it’s time to go potty.

Not long after David asked if he could go to the potty. He made a giant POOP. OMG, I was just too excited and almost took a picture. We all jumped and scream. Praising David for doing it, finally!  I also reminded David that God has answered his prayers.

We celebrated David’s potty training achievement by having ice cream and cookies. Well, wonder-boy hasn’t had an accident ever since. What a relief to be done with that.

So I have learned a few things first hand

  1. Don’t compare your children to one another
  2. Some things will happen only when they are ready
  3. Enjoy the journey and lessons along the way while keeping your eyes on the destination.
  4. Use every situation as a learning opportunity – David learnt that God answers prayers.
  5. Keep praising and encouraging them all the way.
  6. When they finally achieve the goal – Celebrate them


One down, next up will be Joshua!

About Buky

Buky is a ''Desperado after God". She is married to Adey and together they are raising 3 amazing children. She is a natural encourager, loves sharing practical experiences with others. She enjoys writing, reading, dabbling in stock trading, hanging out with friends and serving the body of Christ.


  1. Yay:)! BIG Congrats!

  2. I had to smile when i read this because i have been there with my 3 year old son as well. I remembered the first time he finally pooped in the potty, we were both excited and i think i was more excited than he was. My son asked me to take a picture so i can show his dad. It was a great accomplishment for him. But one thing i also learned was that, its all about time and how ready they are. Once my son was ready, it was so easy. Congrats to David.

    • LOL. Only Moms can take such pictures! Lol. That is too qute. Yes, its all about their time. I bribed my son with sweet and his favorite game – Wii sport. It didnt work.

      Shade, thank you for sharing your son’s experience. May he continue to grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

  3. that was great….so proud of our David….He is so loveable…. now to wait on Joshua…like you said…..

  4. Awww… how cute, congratulations all round!!! Another well written piece… by the way I can relate to the anxiety that comes from them not mastering the potty milestone… thank God they eventually do! Phew!!!

  5. aaw, the prayer got me “God help me to poop in the potty and not his pull-up”, we are going through this stage now now, though mine is not 3 yet, I think the boy is playing with me, he will happily sit on the potty for as long as you ask him, then soon as he gets up, will do his thing….heehehehe, I’m choosing to see the fun in it sha… well done David! :-)

    • Your son reminds me of David, he did exactly the same thing! Boys have more tricks up their sleeves. When he’s ready he will show you that he’s a big boy. Seeing the funny side helps much.

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  7. “Every child is different and they should not be compared to one another.” – A lot of parents do not know this or know it and find it more convenient to ignore this fact. The result is putting pressure on the child and sometimes, make life so difficult child. Congrats Angelic sister…..How are you doing? Please check out my new blog when you can :)

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