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
- Don’t compare your children to one another
- Some things will happen only when they are ready
- Enjoy the journey and lessons along the way while keeping your eyes on the destination.
- Use every situation as a learning opportunity – David learnt that God answers prayers.
- Keep praising and encouraging them all the way.
- When they finally achieve the goal – Celebrate them
One down, next up will be Joshua!