Potty training sucks, I'm not going to lie. Up and down with the pull-ups; pulling over at every gas station on a 25 minute car trip; cleaning pee (and occasionally poop) off the carpet; the list literally goes on and on. The only good thing about potty training is that it, eventually, ends. Still, as much as it can and usually does suck, there are things that are definitely worse than potty training. So, you know, at least us parents have that going for us, right?
When my son was learning to use the potty we did a lot of diaper-free time, so I was constantly cleaning up rogue pee. In fact, I was cleaning up so much wayward urine that I started to think my kid was doing it on purpose, just for sh*ts and giggles (pun intended). I started to grow more and more convinced that he would never really get the hang of potty training, and I would one day have to send my kid to college with a pack of diapers. As a 3-year-old toddler he was still in diapers and, let me tell you, there are very few things in this world that are worse than a 3-year-old toddler's poop-filled diaper (and the cleanup that follows). Thankfully, it clicked with him shortly after his third birthday and we never looked back. Now I'm looking forward to starting over the whole potty training process again, with baby number two. Yay.
However, I've realized that no matter how awful potty training seems to be, there are worse things you could be experiencing. No, it's true. There really are. I know it's hard to believe, so here's a little list to help you gain some necessary perspective in the middle of all that pee.