Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Potty Training for Girls
When Adam was in day care we didn't have to do the hard work of potty training. The only thing we were responsible for was reinforcing what he was learning at daycare. Now, it is my turn to potty train Sarah. Every time I check in Sarah at the YMCA they ask me "Is she potty trained yet?" Man, that feels like a punch in the gut. No, I sheepishly say. So I research this potty training thing, got her a potty video and book from the library, talk endlessly about the potty, bought the pull ups with the princesses on them, and got a book entitled "Princess Potty". I felt I was ready. However, it seems like every time I go to put her on the potty, she has already gone. Rats! I cannot stress enough how you are not supposed to go in the pull up Sarah. So I do more research, and BabyCenter tells me that kids learn by imitation. It says Let your child watch you and they will learn how it is done. So my question is...does the stay at home dad have to sit down and pee for his daughter to learn from him how to use the potty? I guess this is one of the areas that a stay at home mommy can better address. BabyCenter also suggests that if this is a problem and she wants to try peeing standing up like her Daddy and older brother, let her and eventually she will figure out that it is much easier to sit. Have they met my Sarah? Once she figures out that peeing standing up will make Adam laugh hysterically, it will be all over. Well, gotta go!