Parenting Confessional – Part 2

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to make a few more confessions.

1. I go back and forth daily over whether or not we should have another child.

2. I spread peanut butter and jelly all the way to the very edges of the crusts, knowing that Wito won’t eat them and I can feast on his soggy leftovers. I am so gross.

3. Resourceful as I am, I have no freaking clue how to potty train my child. Do you teach boys to potty sitting down or standing up? SOMEONE TELL ME.

4. I think half-day preschools that charge $8,000/year are totally ridiculous. For that kind of money, my child better be reciting the periodic table in French while cooking me an omelette.

  1. Camels & Chocolate

    May 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I just ate a PBJ, too. Because I’m clearly three, as well.

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  2. Shari

    May 15, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Teach him sitting down, definitely. That’s how I did it with twin boys. They even make potty seats that have a little… eh-hem… splash guard for the little man plumbing. The key is to get him going on the toliet… he’ll have the rest of his life to pee standing up, and all over the floor, like the big guys do. :0)

  3. Brooke

    May 15, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Sitting down. That’s how we did it. Once he got the hang of that (and got tall enough so that it wasn’t a balancing act on a step-stool) we then taught him to ‘pee-pee like daddy’. Great fun.

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  4. sizzle

    May 15, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Finn learned by sitting down. That’s about the extent of my potty training knowledge.

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  5. Stacy

    May 15, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Sitting down until he masters #1 AND #2 :-) Best of luck!!!

    p.s. it’s a riot when they actually start standing up. They look so darn little next to the toilet!

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  6. Nicole

    May 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Sitting down. Thats how you do it and thats what hes used to seening most of the time. When they get taller, they can stand. Get a little seat thingy with a guard because that little bugger can spray…you, his pants, the wall…all whilst sitting.

  7. Joel

    May 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    1. It took 2 yrs for me to come around to that idea.
    2. I cook extra nuggets for the 2yo eventhough she won’t eat them.
    3. Sitting down.
    4. We pay $19k each for full day. It’d be the same even if they only went half a day. I’m looking forward to the raise I’ll get sending them to private grade school. I might buy a Corvette with the savings.

  8. hi kooky

    May 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Sitting down. We were very patient (lazy), and waited until the boys became interested in potty training at about 3.5 years of age. I didn’t mind dealing with pull-ups, etc., and I didn’t want a battle. The whole process took 48 hours from start to finish. Good luck!

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  9. deb

    May 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I’m such a jerk that all I thought was “pre-school is only $8K? Hot damn, we’re moving to Cali!” because apparently in NYC $30K is the going rate. People tell you this after you’ve already done gotten knocked up, and then snerk a little in schadenfreude.

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  10. Calee

    May 15, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Um yeah.

    1. Audrey’s 6 months younger and I get all pittery when I hear someone is pregnant yet I can’t imagine doing it again.
    2. I just ate her leftover cheeseburger that I originally made knowing that there is no way she’ll eat hamburger, even if she asks for it
    3. Sit!
    4. I know we’re not NYC but seriously, think what we could buy with that preschool tuition….

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  11. whoorl

    May 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    But what if he wants to stand up? Yesterday, while I was making dinner, he walked into the bathroom, removed his diaper and tried to pee into the toilet standing up. Of course, it got everywhere, but I think he wants to go to the bathroom like his daddy. (I have to admit, it was darling.) Will he get confused now if I tell him he needs to sit?

  12. Miguelina

    May 15, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    My four year old goes back and forth. Sometimes he sits, sometimes he stands. Sitting down is easier because at first there wasn’t much for him to hold on to. Just make sure he really leans into the toilet when he stands, and give him a bit of paper to “wipe” the seat once he’s done. That’ll get him working on his aim ;)

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  13. She Likes Purple

    May 15, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Granted mine is only three-months-old, but I constantly go back and forth about wanting another one myself (in a few years).

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  14. sunny

    May 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    dunno … 650 a month on a school or preschool I love might be worth it. Teachers are often seriously under paid (in my opinion).

  15. Backpacking Dad

    May 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “I spread peanut butter and jelly all the way to the very edges of the crusts,”
    —I’m right there with you. It’s an art.

    “knowing that Wito won’t eat them”
    —well, okay. Not your usual kind of reason for adding extra pb&j to something, but I’m still with you. Maybe you cut off the crusts to eat yourself, and I totally get that.

    “and I can feast on his soggy leftovers.”
    —-wait. what?

    “I am so gross.”
    —-I think honesty is hot. But yes, that’s gross. As gross as letting my snot-faced daughter kiss me on the mouth. But I do that every day. So who’s going to judge?

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