Toddler Potty Training 101: Father To Son
*Warning: Contains oversharenting.
Early this morning I was getting ready to leave the house to take my son Jack to his doctor at Vanderbilt when I explained to him:
“Wait, son. I need to go pee-pee first.”
I left the bathroom door open so I could make sure he didn’t charge towards the potentially dangerous staircase, which he never does. Instead, he walked up to me, standing just far enough away from the toilet to be in the safe zone.
Jack watched the “waterfall” go into the potty in amazement and wonder. I felt he needed a sophisticated commentary.
“See, son. Pee-pee is coming out of Dada’s… hose.”
That’s the best I could come up with, given the lack of sleep I received because of him waking up at 3:30 AM due to his fever.
But hey, I was just trying to relate it to something he could appreciate. And knowing that Jack loves playing with the water hose, it made the most sense in that split-second, unplanned moment.
I saw the yearning in his eyes: I could tell that my son totally wants to “spray his hose” into the potty.
To seal the deal properly, as I flushed the toilet I waved goodbye to the potty water as I emphatically proclaimed, “Bye bye, pee-pee! Bye bye!”
(Because Jack says “bye-bye” to everyone and everything, I knew he would appreciate this.)
My wife and I are in no hurry to potty train our child. I just want to plant that seed in his mind, though. I want to him to know that when he’s a little bit older, he will have the privilege of getting to do what Dada does.
I want him to believe that he’s missing out. And after seeing his reactions to my recent habit of glorifying going pee-pee in the potty, I think my plan is working.
Here lately Jack is indeed growing more aware of “pee-pee” anyway. He has this new thing he will do at the house where he will announce to me:
He’s literally letting me know that it’s time for me to change his diaper.
But because of his inability to make all the vowel sounds so far, “poo-poo” is pronounced the same as “pee-pee.”
Either way, I’m impressed by his new trick. My toddler actually tells me when it’s time to change his diaper.
The days of me mindlessly changing his diapers and him being unaware of why I’m doing it are over. Now he knows why!
I think he deserves a trendy Pee-Pee Awareness ribbon just for that alone.