Potty training isn’t for babies. No, really. You have to wait until your kid is in their toddler years to start. Joking aside, it isn’t an easy time in anyone’s life and being scared of potty training is normal, for both kids and parents. For the toddler involved, it means a complete shift in lifestyle. After they’ve spent one, two, or even three years doing their business inside of diapers and having one or both parents change them, they’re expected to suddenly hold back what’s always come naturally to them. Now they have to ask for permission to pee, and have to go to a specific room and sit on a specific chair, and well, who wouldn’t be overwhelmed?
As the parent, it’s our job to make the process as comfortable and seamless as possible. We have to act like this is a new, fun activity for our child. Deep down, however, many of us are pretty freaked out. Potty training is the start of a whole new way of life for us as well, and provides us with a new set of challenges coupled with the glimmer of hope that freedom, even freedom from changing diapers is within our reach.
Sometimes we want to throw in the towel while, at other times, we just feel guilty for all the thoughts we have about potty training that we wouldn't dare share with our toddler. Those looking for some comforting words, and the necessary reminder that you're not a bad mom at all for feeling sufficiently scared about this new transition, please read on. You're not failing and you're not alone and you're not doing feelings that so many, many parents haven't felt before.