Oh Crap! Potty Training was not only an entertaining read, it was also incredibly informative. Though potty training doesn’t sound like a funny book, (Okay, maybe it does). Potty training can be a stressful time for both kids and guardians! Rest assured though, because author, Jamie Glowacki, is an expert in this matter. Unfortunately parents of today are incessantly bombarded with outdated and disproven terrible advice from every Jane, Dick & Karen, the topic of potty training is no exception! The ‘Pied piper of poop’, (her words, not mine) does a magnificent job lightening the mood around this pungent topic (couldn’t help myself). If you, or anyone you know is struggling with potty training, check out this book! Here are 5 quick lessons from the book of the week : Oh crap! Potty training : Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right.
- Expect dreadful amounts of accidents.
Lower your expectations man! This could potentially take a while, and that doesn’t meant that your child isn’t as brilliant as you thought they were. Rest assured friend, they are. Sometimes its two steps forward and one step back, and that’s ok! Oh Crap! Potty Training explains that it’s a part of the process! All of the defiance, the power struggles and all of the seemingly deliberate accidents are entirely normal! Glowacki doesn’t play around guys, she covers it all and so much more, in a way that reads like a comic bit. Can you tell I’m a fan?
2. Think like Bob Ross, they’re “happy little accidents“
Jamie Glowacki claims that every single accident that your child has is another clue that could be used as a learning tool. You’re essentially a crappy detective now. (Get it? *chuckles*). Gaining insight is a good thing, be thankful for the accidents because they are yet another clue to the mystery that is your child’s bathroom habits. I would have never thought about it this way if it wasn’t for this brilliant book.
3. Sitting on the potty and waiting is agony for all, don’t do it.
The book describes so many reasons why this is the case, but the most important? It doesn’t work! At least not effectively. Some consider this a form of abuse and punishment. Have you ever even seen a toddler sit still for extended periods outside of food and precious car seat sleeps? This is a very outdated method that is still very alive today because parents are under the constant risk of families imposing their ways on their kids despite their wishes. (Is that chocolate on his face grandma? We talked about this). Those that know better, can do better. Let’s take advantage of the age of information and make informed choices for the greater good of our children. It’s the reason for this website!
Psychologists have found that blindly praising a child can actually limit them into doing only that at which they excel… learning something means temporarily sucking at it.Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training
4. Hold your applause.
Whether you believe in praising your child or not is besides the point. This isn’t about you, the goal here is to have your child be proud of themselves for what they’ve done. One of the ways that the author suggests we do this is by having the child say “I did it!” and celebrate with them, instead of having the praise simple come from your perspective. Jamie Glowacki also provides readers with appropriate things to say to help kids gain an awareness of their need to go to the bathroom. Praise with intention, it will help.
If you are freaked out or overly anxious about getting a poop out of our child, he will hold it.Jamie Glowacki, Oh Crap! Potty Training
5. Relax, it’s poo, not the end of the world.
Don’t convince them that it is with your reaction. If not for them, do it for yourself, understand that your highly anxious inducing response is likely to encourage the opposite of what you’re overreacting about; both in potty training and in life for that matter. (Is that how you use a semi-colon?… Meh). The point is, there isn’t much that can’t get cleaned up, don’t scar them into making this a longer process than it needs to be. Stay cool, they’ll get it faster. Of course this is much easier said than done, and Glowacki does a formidable job providing readers with practical tools. Stick to the script and you’ll be fine, anyone can do this!