I started potty training my youngest today. She just turned 11 months old and she woke up from 12 hours of sleep dry, so I took her in and sat her on her little potty. For a couple months now, I’ve been sitting her on it, dressed, periodically when her big sister had to go, so it wasn’t completely sudden. As I said in my lengthy post on early potty training, I had intended to start a little earlier than 11 months, but my youngest took longer to stand comfortably than my first did.
Even though the task itself is still daunting, especially while caring for another small child, I still feel better prepared for “early” potty training this time. I think I have much more realistic expectations. I now know that it’s a process, not a single day’s event. Parents that think potty training takes a day are the ones that wait until their child is 3 years old…which brings me to my rant.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Americans are incredibly lazy. Although we seem to think of ourselves as incredibly busy and incredibly hard-working, it’s only in a very small sphere–usually when money is involved. We’re happy to work overtime if it means we get paid time and a half, but if eating a healthy meal means spending extra time preparing it, people would rather go out to eat. I have even had several people tell me that they don’t want to know why what they’re eating is bad, because they don’t want to change it. Ignorance truly is bliss, I guess. The same goes for potty training. I am SO tired of people telling me they are waiting until their child is “ready” before they start potty training. That is just an excuse for people to be lazy and wait until it’s more convenient. A child often has voluntary bowel control by a year old! Why, why, why do people wait so long before starting training? I know several people that act high and mighty because they use cloth diapers with their children, but then they don’t potty train till their kid is 2.5 yrs old! I stopped buying diapers for my first daughter when she was 14 months! I think my approach had less of an environmental impact and helped my child develop her confidence and independence. Anyway, I think as a culture we don’t work hard enough at the important things–the things that affect our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Since leaving my first career behind, I’ve changed my outlook on what’s important, and it’s not making more money or getting promoted.