Potty training times two? How DO I do it?

Posted September 9th, 2007 under All in the family, Clara and Libby, Mothering by MicheleP.

Did someone say SuperMom?
I wrote earlier about Libby training herself one day. Since then, I can count on ONE hand how many accidents she has had. And much to my dismay (and my preference for 8 uninterupted hours of sleep each night) she is even night trained and wakes up to pee in the middle of the night.

So that leaves Clara. Okay – not so bad, I can train one kid, right? People do this ALL the time. I can do this! Clara was not going to just train herself. Conversations with her about it went like this, “Clara – do you need to try to potty?” “No, I’ll just go in my pull-up.” Smart kid – no?
So, I got all the gear – the potty chair, the pullup pants, the book about pottying – even loaded up on M&Ms for rewards. I just needed to pick the week to stay home and do it. Problem – our lives are just not that stable right now to actually stay home an entire week. I’m thinking we’ll just wait until we get settled into our new home in PR. Maybe then I’ll have time to work with her.
Enter SuperMom.

No, no,no. Not me. I’m so far from SuperMom it’s not even funny.The REAL super-mom. My friend Becky. Becky – aka Beck, The Beckster, Q-Tip. Becky saw the need for us to have some quiet time the week of our embryo transfer AND get the house ready to put on the market, that she offered to keep my kiddos for the week. THE WEEK, people! Can you say – AMAZING friend?
The girls had the time of their lives with Beck and her two kiddos. Two weeks later, they are still spouting off lessons learned at Ms Becky’s house and telling tales of fun adventures – my favorite: “Love is not rude, love is kind!”. When I picked the girls up after the week was over, Beck tells me no need to bring diapers… cause in her “free time” she just went ahead and potty trained Clara. “Just went ahead…” Wha? No big ceremony, no tears, no frustrations. “Just went ahead” and potty trained the kid. In less than a week. With 3 other preschoolers in the house and husband away for the week. SuperMom, I tell ya!

So there you go. THAT’s how I do it! See, sometimes it does take a village – or at least it’s a heck of a lot easier with one.



  • 1

    Wow! I wish I lived near Becky! I would be happy to lend her a couple of kiddos to potty train in her “spare time”! What a great friend!

    Comment by Julie D. — September 10, 2007 @ 12:18 am

  • 2

    I see a great business for Becky! Send your kiddo off for a week and they’ll come back potty trained. I know it’ll be a big money maker!

    Comment by Happy Mom — September 10, 2007 @ 10:05 am

  • 3

    Okay, we should make Becky business cards … that is an awesome story!

    Second, you’re being tagged. If you haven’t already that is …. check out my blog for details …

    Third, your girls are SOOO big!

    Comment by Traci — September 10, 2007 @ 11:25 am

  • 4

    Um…First of all, thank you Michele. You are too kind. No, really, I mean it. You are indeed too kind. Perhaps even a little bit full of it. Why? You ask. Well, Clara totally potty trained herself. And those other lessons, well I stole them from a very reliable source – the Bible. And as for any of the other glory you’ve given me, well that belongs to God. He alone is praised. Yep, even for potty training!!

    And THANK YOU for allowing me to bless you. Because in doing so, I received double blessings…Libby and Clara.

    Thanks for letting love on your littles for a week. It was truly MY pleasure.

    No SuperMom here, just a sinner saved by grace!
    Love you guys~

    Comment by Qtipper (Becky) — September 10, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

  • 5

    Can Becky potty train Chihuahuas?

    Comment by Random Reader — September 10, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

  • 6

    So I found your site once again and I just had to smile real big at this sweet story. So happy Becky got to bless you :)

    Comment by Miriam — October 11, 2007 @ 8:21 am

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