Skip to main content

The rules of potty training

As parents, we establish rules for our children.  Rules that will allow them to be well-functioning people.  However, I've quickly learned that, in order for my children to truly become well-functioning, there are very specific rules that must be spoken aloud...especially regarding potty training.

  1. No toys in the potty.
  2. When I say no toys in the potty, that specifically means you cannot throw toys into the potty - even if they are "swimming" toys.
  3. No food in the potty.
  4. No food in the potty also includes no PB&Js get flushed down the potty.
  5. Granola bars also do not get flushed down the potty.
  6. Nothing that goes into your mouth should go into the potty.
  7. # 6 includes hands.
  8. We push down our pants AND underwear before sitting on the potty.
  9. If needed, you may take off your pants and underwear before sitting on the potty.
  10. We sit on the potty.
  11. #10 is further defined by We do not stand on the potty.
  12. #10 is even further defined by When we sit on the potty, we do it with the lid open and sitting in a manner which would put all pee and poop directly into the potty.
  13. We use toilet paper to wipe from front to back.
  14. We do not use the entire toilet paper roll in one sitting.
  15. If the toilet paper is out, you refill it.
  16. We do not cause the toilet paper to be out by flushing the entire roll down the potty so that you can refill it.
  17. We let Mommy or Daddy wipe your bum if you have pooped.
  18. Children will be taught to wipe their own bum when they are older.
  19. We do not let other people wipe our bums unless they have been approved by Mommy or Daddy and are being properly compensated for having to deal with everything that comes out of your bum.
  20. When finished pottying, we flush the potty.
  21. You can - but do not have to - say "Goodbye" to the pee and/or poop in the potty.
  22. We shut the potty lid.
  23. We shut the potty lid carefully so that we do not endanger future generations of our family.
  24. We pull up our underwear AND THEN our pants.
  25. #24 is further defined by ...before we leave the potty.
  26. We wash our hands after every potty attempt.
  27. We use soap when we wash our hands.
  28. We wash the tops, bottoms and in betweens of our hands.
  29. We turn off the water after washing our hands.
  30. We do not play in the water.
  31. After washing our hands, we do not go back to touching the potty.
  32. We turn off the light before leaving the potty.

Are there rules that I have forgotten? Add them in the comments below and share this post with your friends so that we can get a full and complete list.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

If you give a mom a coffee cup

If you give a mom a coffee cup, she'll say "thank you" and immediately go to the coffee pot. 

At the coffee pot, she'll start the coffee and pour herself a cup...noticing the full cup of cold coffee that she poured herself yesterday.

She'll take the cold cup of coffee to the sink, dump it down the drain, and go to put it in the dishwasher.

She'll open the dishwasher and realize that it's full of clean dishes that need to be put away.

She'll put away all of the clean dishes and then will put in the dirty - now empty - cup of coffee from yesterday.

She'll notice that there are other dirty dishes in the sink that need to go into the dishwasher, so she'll put them all in the dishwasher.

She'll then realize that there may be other dirty dishes other places in the house and will go looking for them...finding them in bathrooms, on the coffee table, under beds, and in the sandbox outside.

While looking for dirty dishes, she'll notice that ther…

Why can't they just be friends?

Why can't my kids just be friends?  I must ask myself this question hundreds of times during the week. 

I thought that having kids relatively close together was going to be great.  They'd have a playmate and an automatic friend.  However, the truth is that - most of the time - they don't get along.  It's not that they're enemies...it's that they drive each other crazy. 

They each want the other one to do what they want to do.  Then, when the other one does what they want, they get mad at them because they wanted to do it themselves.

They don't want to share their toys.  Then, they play together only to then get mad and purposefully break the other sibling's toys.

They want to get the other one in trouble so that they look like the "good" child and get more rewards.  Then they get upset that the other sibling got them in trouble when they *tattled* on them.

At mealtimes, they want to sit where the other one is sitting.  They want the cup the ot…

Portland's Rose Summit

I have a great passion for working with women to become stronger leaders who are making differences in their communities.  It is with this in mind that I share with you an amazing opportunity for Portland women: the Junior League of Portland's inaugural Women's Empowerment & Leadership Summit.

This leadership summit will be held on May 11, 2018 at the Hilton Downtown Portland and is a day-long leadership and professional development conference open to all women in the Portland and surrounding communities.

The theme is Diversity and Inclusion and the Junior League is honored to feature Tarana Burke, activist and founder of the #MeToo Movement.  The Summit will offer opportunities for workshops, speakers, networking, and camaraderie among women in all stages of leadership around our community.

The Summit is a major fundraiser for the Junior League of Portland and all proceeds from the event support the League's community fund, the 1910 Campaign, with 100% of the money ra…