Have you ever asked someone a question and then regretted asking it in the first place?
You know, when the answer has left you even more confused and bamboozled than before you posed the question.
That situation happened to me recently. My youngest daughter Alyssa has just turned two and reaching that milestone means it’s time to try and get rid of the nappies and introduce that child’s toilet commonly known as the potty into her life.
So the potty training has begun. It’s not like it’s the first time we’ve done it.
Less than two years ago it was my eldest daughter Caitlin who was the student of potty school and after a small amount of scepticism and reluctance from her to sit on the small white toilet in the middle of the living room, she soon took to it like a duck to water and the potty training was complete.
Well it appears that my two daughters are very different human beings and Alyssa is turning out to be a very stubborn student indeed.
No amount of encouragement and persuasion seems to be doing the trick and it’s almost like she is Superman and the potty is Kryptonite and the two cannot mix.
So I decided to turn to that fountain of all knowledge known as Google.
I simply typed into the search engine ‘potty training’ and 0.18 seconds later I was given a choice of 24 million websites.
After clicking on the website at the top of the page I started to regret asking the question because this adventure known as potty training seemed to be a bit more complicated than I’d thought.
According to the website, the first step is to check that your child is actually ready to be potty trained.
For example, does she tell you when she has done a poo in her nappy?
The answer to that is yes, although my nose usually tells me before she does.
The second step is to check you have the correct equipment.
What? I’m not planning to climb Mount Everest, surely a potty is the only equipment needed.
It seems not, though. Apparently without a potty chair, pull-up pants, trainer pants, toilet steps and training seats, I’m hopelessly unprepared and asking for trouble.
Thirdly, I need to create a ‘relationship’ between Alyssa and her potty and they have to become ‘friends’.
The best way to do this is give the potty an affectionate name like Polly Potty.
Finally, as children learn by copying, it is suggested you demonstrate how it’s done.
This is where I hand over the responsibility of potty training to their mum.