I try not to laugh when a fellow mom asks me, "So what method do you use for potty training your kids?"
Because my method can best be summed up in one way - the "Hang on, Mom, pray for patience, and just hope that they figure it out eventually" method. Or HOMPFPAJHTTFIOE.
Catchy, don't you think?
Methods may work on one child, and then the next child will completely mess up all of your neat, lovely plans. And then the child after that will make you think you're somewhat insane, and then the child after that . . . Well, you get the idea.
Here is what the statistics are for the Toliver toddlers over the past fourteen years of potty training --
2 were average
3 were a bit slower than average
1 was incredibly stubborn about it and nearly drove me over the edge
1 was so incredibly fast about it that she stayed dry AT NIGHT the very first day we started potty training
1 is in training but her progress can be summed up in one simple eight second video --
Or in one simple picture.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure if the nose picture or the fingers-in-mouth picture was taken first.
Disturbing, I know.
And then a couple of days ago, my two year old was holding on to my shoulders as she stepped into (yet another) clean pair of "unniewear", and she looked at me with those gorgeous blue eyes and said, "Love Mommy."
Okay. That makes it all worth it.