Now that my son, Cab, is rounding the bend from toddler to preschooler I am finding myself more and more preparing for potty training. To be honest, I have been in prep mode for about six months now, each time I bulk-buy my diapers I am secretly hoping it will be the last.
See, Cab is a bit stubborn when it comes to potty training – the stubborn streak he gets it from his momma, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Unlike other parenting milestones like sleep training, or introducing solids, Cab really hasn’t been a fan of mommy’s “plans” for toilet learning.
So my husband and I are doing something radical, we’re letting it go. (Que the Frozen theme song now playing in your head on repeat.)
This concept is almost the complete opposite of most of what my husband and I have done when it comes to parenting, but I am finding that it is quite freeing. While Cab is showing the cues to being prepared for the first steps in potty training, he has very little interest in doing anything about it.
If there is one thing I have learned in the last two and half years, it is that sometimes it is easier to “go with the flow.” For now that simply means Cab sits on the potty when he asks, and we offer the opportunity to sit before a diaper change or bath; most of the time he refuses to, even if we recognize the signs he has to go, and we don’t push the matter.
Someday this stubbornness will be refocused and he’ll be saying “no” to something new, making the act of potty training that much easier on us all. Until then, I will keep on collecting my credit card points for all those bulk diaper orders I make!