Let's face facts here: parenthood isn't always magical. Or fun. Or even that enjoyable. Like, at all. There are many parts of parenting that just can't be described as anything other than shitty; parts that can seriously send you spiraling down a dark hole of self-hatred, because you're just not sure you're doing your absolute best or even your most decent.
Potty training is one of those parts. In fact, for most parents, is the absolute worst part of those first few years.
Sure, for some people potty training is relatively easily, painless, and nothing more than a blip on the parental radar. Many parents were able to successfully potty train their kid in a few days. But I am not one of those parents. In fact, the jealous, nasty side of my otherwise kind and understanding demeanor hates those parents. Hates them. (Can you tell I've started potty training my kid, and it didn't happen in just a few days? Well, I have. And it didn't.)
Potty training takes an insane amount of time, energy, and absolute patience, which are all things that most parents white knuckle their way into acquiring. If you're a working parent or a single parent, potty training could be significantly more difficult, although honestly, any parent has a tough time trying to teach their kid how to successfully use the "big kid" potty. Whether you're a stay-at-home mom and dad, or you're working 50 hours a week while simultaneously holding down the household, when you're potty training, poop and pee run your life and it's just so damn exhausting.
Which is why, honestly, it's worth talking about. Every parent should feel free to talk about the dark side of parenting: the not-so-fun parts that are very real, very necessary, and very much just as monumental as the fun, light-hearted, and fantastic parts of parenting. There's no reason to throw on a happy face and pretend that all is well on the home front, because sometimes it isn't. Sometimes it's covered in feces, and hey, that's OK.
So, with that in mind, here are 10 reasons why potty training is the worst part of parenting. It can't all be good. I mean, how boring would that be?