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. annie

    May 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Far be it from me (she who reads your blog always and comments never) to tell you what to do, but the kid thing? NO BRAINER. You two clearly make beautiful children. Bringing another to the mix would be a lovely addition.

    As for the pbj – doesn’t EVERYONE do that? I mean seriously. Crusts were made for mommies. PBJ….grilled cheese….french toast….someone’s got to eat them, right?

    We’re potty training sitting down. It’s just more practical right now. Later on, when he’s ready, we’ll introduce the standing up. But placing the potty on the floor in front of the TV so he can watch Caillou while he waits for the peepee to come out is what’s working for us….and less chance of him running away. Or missing.

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  2. Stephanie

    May 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Number one is on my mind all the time too. As far as potty training boys I’m so at a loss! I have a son who may very well be content to wear diapers until first grade…college? Who knows. I thought sitting down too, but all the little boys at pre-school stand. He seems a little more interested in standing (like Dad). That’s enough potty talk for one day for me! And the preschool charges are a big adjustment!

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  3. lera

    May 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I have potty-trained 4 boys (and 1 girl), all sitting down. In June I will train my youngest son, sitting down. You never know if something might come out the back by mistake. Better in the toilet than on the floor (or dropping into their underpants).

    And don’t use Pull-Ups unless you have to leave the house. Children don’t like the sensation of wet underwear or pee running down their legs. Pull-Ups feel like diapers and they are used to that feeling.

    Just my two cents, but I’ve been quite successful all 5 times so far.

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  4. Chris

    May 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    My son didn’t learn how to use the potty until age 3.5. Pure stubbornness on his part. We taught him to pee standing up – he was older/taller, he wanted to be like Daddy, and the kids at preschool were all standing up. Put Cheerios in the toilet for him to “aim” at. Seriously! It totally worked for us!

    Chris’s last blog post..time out

  5. Julie

    May 15, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    #4 – Amen, Sister!

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  6. Mel

    May 15, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I do that with PB&J too, but I cut the crusts off before giving the rest to my kids :) Potty training my boy sitting down (most potties/seats come with a splashguard for boys), and paying $10k/yr for 3 full-days/wk preschool :(

  7. Mel

    May 15, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Just saw your own comment that Wito wants to stand… I think that’s fine too… toss a cheerio in there so he has something to aim at.

  8. Angella

    May 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Emily has butter on her toast and I eat the crusts. And I’m proud.

    We’re trying to teach the boys to pee sitting down (SO MUCH CLEANER) (Also, JUST LIKE THEIR DADDY) (BUT YOU DIDN’T HEAR IT FROM ME)

    And, yes, I have started drinking…you convinced me ;)

  9. Vanessa

    May 15, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    No potty training experience whatsoever but I have a 2 1/2 year old so these comments are great. My husband wants him to learn standing up so he bought this: http://www.peterpotty.com/
    We haven’t started using it so I have no idea if it will be worth it or not, just thought I would share!

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  10. Alexa

    May 15, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Sitting down for starters.. our son tries to stand like daddy now on his own.. he will be 3.5 next month I started training @ 3….Bjorn Potty is good with the splash guard for sure. I also tried the new Fisher Pr. frog potty, it is designed well.

  11. dawn

    May 15, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    If he wants to stand, let him stand. Dunk the cheerios. Put drops of blue food coloring in the water (yellow and blue make green!). YOU DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO TO POTTY TRAIN A CHILD.

    And buy the Method Flushable Wipes because for boys at any age, the toilet is merely a suggestion on where to aim. Trust me.

  12. Miss Virginia

    May 15, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I agree w/ Dawn! After potty training 3 (2 girls and 1 boy)…it only works when they finally decide they want to do it. so if he wants to do it standing up. go for it! if he’s into it, embrace it, whatever it is. and most of all: GOOD LUCK! get the disposable method toilet wipes…they pee everywhere.

  13. tera Stephens

    May 16, 2009 at 1:03 am

    sit his ass down, u don’t need another thing to clean!!

  14. tera Stephens

    May 16, 2009 at 1:04 am

    ps- who cares what preschool costs, your free time is priceless!!!

  15. metalia

    May 16, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I may be in the minority here, but Alex sat while potty training for ONE DAY. Literally. Then he wanted to stand “like Daddy,” and his aim so far has been spot-on, so it’s fine. However Wito wants to do it, just go with it. :)

    And, like Deb, I would like to move to California post haste, because I should not be paying well into the five digits for motherfucking preschool. (Ahem. I have some rage issues with regard to this, evidently.)

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