Tuesday, January 13, 2009


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly asks: Have you potty trained Leif yet? If so, how with homeschooling?

Heidi answers: Oh, girl, I feel your pain. Does the above picture answer your question? We're doing the nekid little boy thing right now. But do I have any real advice for you? Hmmm.

Plan two (or three, or four...) days of homeschooling 'light' for the big kids. Science videos, coloring pages, and books on CD. Fill that little one with liquids of his/her choice, keep them nekid (or in just a shirt or little dress), and spend both days on the potty. (Them, not you. Grin.)

Can you school in the kitchen (or in another area with an easy-to-clean floor)? Put his/her potty near all the action. (The little potties didn't work for my boys, but I imagine they might be easier to use with girls.)

Break in between every subject for a potty run. Whether they need to go or not. Reward success with a couple chocolate chips.

Or, wait till said child potty trains themselves. That is what I did with boy #2. After a not-so-fun training with boy #1, I decided to not rush it with the second guy. He magically trained himself just before he turned 3. Boy #3 has benefitted from wanting to be just like his big brothers. He probably would have done well had we started training him right at 2 years old, but I've been putting it off. I'm praying this phase is very, very short. And then I'm done potty-training little boys for the rest of my life. Ahhhhhhh.


Precision Quality Laser said...

LOL...what a glimpse into the reality of parenting! With our first son we let him wait until he was,yeah it took a while....he was four when he pottytrained! The next one only took until he was three. Here's hoping our little girl will be MUCH easier and eager!

Jennifer said...

Ahhh... I happy to say I am a few days on the other side of this. My poor husband had a four day weekend over New Years, which I declared the perfect time to potty train. Two on one for 4 days worked well... and started our new year diaper free for the first time in 7 years! : )

Christi said...

With our second, we did the nekid thing too - and it was SO much easier than how things went the first time around. Something I'm glad I'm done with!

Anonymous said...

My oldest is now 3 and hates the idea of using a toilet. He also hates being naked, so I`m really not sure what to do . . . . maybe just leave it? But I am envisioning having a six or seven year old in diapers at this point! :S

Anonymous said...

I potty trained my 2 year old the same way you suggested - only took a few light days of school and a lot of focus on the potty :) ...and a few accidents here and there - to be expected.

Renee said...

Thank you Heidi! I hear girls are easier...I'll let you know. Next week, we will begin. Oh, the dread!

Laurel said...

We have a three week house guest until Monday. After he leaves ... it is POTTY time over here. I am ever hopeful that my little guy will do his thing. Now this is the first time for me to train a boy. Standing or sitting? He will also have to wear pink Dora pullups at night because ... it is what I have. Hope it isn't traumatic.