Potty training

Potty training days are finally here, and I couldn’t be happier!

I usually dread this stage, but it’s going swimmingly with Bethany.  That’s good.  I often tell people that the reason I don’t try to rush it or push my kids to train early is because if you wait until they’re really and truly ready, it goes so much more quickly and easily.

Bethany will be 3 in June, making her one of our latest to train.  That means she should be the easiest, right?

Right.  One pee accident since training began. Read it and weep.  No, you can’t have her.  Anyway, we’re still working on #2.

She’s always been incredibly, hilariously precocious.  Even her accident demonstrated it: she caught herself just as she began and raced for the bathroom.  After finishing her business properly, she returned with a scrap of toilet paper to wipe the floor.  Of course I had already done it, but I appreciated the thought.  Some much older people in my house could take lessons from her.

But she’s not perfect.  Her manners could use some polishing.  I used the toilet while she was in the bathroom with me yesterday – I commonly do this with potty training toddlers to demonstrate the desired behavior – and her eyes widened with incredulity and admiration as I sat down.

“Mom, your butt is BIG!”

Yes, she said it in all caps and all honesty.  I’m pretty sure she wants her butt to be just as big as mine she grows up.  The sentiment was nice, but the manners need work.



  1. I love this pic about potty training! Bethany is so cute and beautiful!

  2. THAT is hilarious. Thanks for sharing. :o)

  3. I must admit I like to have mine potty trained before the next baby comes along. 😀 So far this has worked well for Boy #1 and Girl#2. I’m not going to stress if this doesn’t always work. 🙂 My girly potty trained at 18 months. (what else could you do with a kid who stripped off her diaper without notice-anywhere, anytime at the least sign of dampness?) In two weeks she was almost bombproof! Gotta love a kid who makes you look like super mom. Can’t say my son was so kind!!! He def. had people looking in his direction at all times. The stories I’m going to tell to his sweet heart someday!
    Love that sweet smile on her face!

  4. LOL! That is the funniest thing ever. Aren’t you glad you have recorded her observation for when she is older and has grown-up butt, too?

    I’ve always said that if you start potty-training children when they’re too young then you are really just training *yourself* to anticipate their need to go. I waited until my son was two-and-a-half and he learned in one weekend, using the “potty clock” method.

  5. I have loved your blog for long time, Mrs. Coghlan, but this is my first time commenting. You are hilarious and our senses of humor are similar! ( forgive the improper grammar, I beg of you! lol )

  6. Kim, you’re hilarious! We should be friends…I need entertainment. I am beyond shocked that Sterling, upon turning 2, decided to potty train. My older son didn’t train until after 3!!

  7. Oh dear, gotta love those comments. I remind myself that no matter how small my butt is (although really, I have a ghetto booty), it will always look huge compared to a 3-year-old’s butt. 🙂

  8. Oh my lands! That is hysterical! We also have a girl who practices what we call “extreme honesty”. You have no idea how nervous I get when I see that we are going to pass a fat lady with tatoos at the Walmart.

  9. We have managed to train our children before they could really talk too clearly-what happened in the bathroom stayed in the bathroom and they couldn’t tell tales! : )
    I am glad you shared this tale because it is too funny….

  10. That’s funny. Good luck with the potty training. I’ve been thinking about you every time I hear something about the wildfires in TX. I hope that you are far, far away from them, and that you stay safe!
    I love your blog by the way. 🙂

  11. I am thinking of going “elimination communication” with this next child…. who needs diapers, anyway?

    *so glad I don’t write a blog, so I wont have to keep y’all up-to-date on that one*

  12. oh dear. rotflol Don’t feel bad, mine is too Kim. ; ) hahaha Manners, ah yes, manners…

  13. HaHa- I love it! At least she said it to you and not a stranger in the store! I’ve been contemplating potty training Izzie, she’ll be 3 in August. With #5 on the way I’m not thrilled at the prospects of 3 in diapers…. I like the waiting until she’s ready, I just hope it’s soon! 🙂

    Way to go Bethany!!!

  14. That is so funny. I love little children. There is no guile.

  15. HeatherHH says:

    I also wait until my children are older to potty-train. 1) Because I don’t consider them trained until they can potty independently (or at least in all instances but wiping help for #2). And, if I’m nursing a baby, I prefer the toddler to have diapers which can be changed when I’m done rather than emergency dashes to the bathroom mid-nursing. So far, four of my children have potty-trained, all between the ages of 2 1/2 and 3 1/2.

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