I tried to come at it in a positive, enthusiastic manner. First, we got all the equipment:We built the event up in Connor's mind the week before. So when she woke up on Monday morning to find all the goods it was a tiny bit like Christmas morning. Sort of. In a crazy "we are in for a big mess" kind of a way!I blocked out the week to stay in to work on potty training. Internally I was dreading it, but on the outside I tried to psyche myself up to make it a happy, positive change for Connor. I just really don't know how we are going to survive Europe without the crutch of diapers with so few public restrooms and stopping points during our travels.We started by modeling the cause and effect of drinking and then going on the potty using "Wendy" the doll. I originally went with the "Pottywise" advice from authors of the famed "Babywise" book.I was hopeful....they said Connor should be totally trained within the week. Hmmm.
Thank you Mr. M&M and Mr. KitKat! Since Friday we have had probably 10-12 successful potty attempts and fewer accidents. We still have a LONG way to go - that is for sure. But we are at least on the path.
As Dallas and I discussed, every parent around the world has to teach this skill. It is a uniform parenting lesson. I think that is remarkable given all the work it takes. Here's hoping week #2 goes smoother! And big lesson learned for me: don't listen to those pipe dreams of total training in 3 days. Each child is different. And sometimes just relaxing and letting things come as they can is a powerful boost in the learning curve.