Have We No Shame? 7 of the Craziest Things Parents Do When They’re Potty Training

BY: - 30 Mar '17 | Parenting

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I’ve been reading a lot of cute stores lately about all the funny things that kids say and do while they are being potty trained.  And when I think about my potty-training experiences, I can’t remember any of the funny things my kids said. But what I do remember is all the crazy and funny things that I did as a parent while potty training our four kids.

  1. Shopping for potties like you’re shopping for a new car.That’s right, my kids had to have the best, top-model potty — with all the bells and whistles.  My girls got princess potties that played music when a deposit was made.
  2. Celebrating poo! We cheered when our kids went pee-pee in the potty. We even had a “Pee-Pee in the Potty” song.  But  OMG…if “number 2” was done in the potty, then the celebration was taken up a notch.
  3. Wanting poo! That’s ridiculous right! Who wants that to happen? Potty training parents do…that’s who.  And now that I think back on it…it’s kind of crazy.
  4. Stalking our kids. Once I decided to replace their training pants with underwear, I stalked the kids.  I was looking for any indication that kids had to use the potty.  I was definitely on edge!
  5. Updating friends on social media. Again, thank goodness I did not have social media accounts back then. But, I have seen one or two parents in my stream make potty announcements. And I thought… TMI!
  6. Putting the potty in the kitchen.I was a work-from-home mom.  I drug that potty all around the house with me when I was juggling work and the kids.  But yeah…that was gross.
  7. Using a traveling potty.OK, so I might be the only person that has done this…. but my mini-van had its own potty. I found a portable potty online and that thing had a permanent spot in my van.  And it came in handy countless times. It was the best investment ever!

 I really wonder what our kids were thinking back then. They were probably thinking

Mommy has lost it…but I’m going to play along and sing and dance to the “Pee Pee in the Potty” song anyway.

Breakup with the Brush

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Thank goodness I did not lose all of my senses at that time.  I kept it together enough to know that I had to keep a clean bathroom for my kids.  I was constantly cleaning in and around their potties.  My oldest daughter had this habit of laying on the floor beside her potty until she was ready to go.  So, you know I had to keep that bathroom clean.

Did you know that toilet bowls can contain millions of bacteria per square inch and some of it can remain, even after you’ve cleaned it with your toilet brush?[i] And what’s worse, when you flush the toilet, germs (i.e bacteria and viruses) can shoot up to 15 feet into the air.[ii]

Now that’s just nasty.

That’s why I’m so happy to have found the Clorox® ToiletWand® System.  It allows me to quickly clean my toilet with its disposable refill head that is already preloaded with Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner (that kills 99.9% of germs.) I sure could have used this during my crazy potty training days. For some reason, I put the kids’ potty right next to the grown-up toilet.  In hindsight…that probably was not the best place to put it.

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With the Clorox® ToiletWand® System, cleaning the toilet is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Simply click a refill head onto the wand, scrub to unleash the preloaded Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner, then toss the head away.

It’s time to breakup with the toilet brush and get the Clorox® ToiletWand® System!

BMWK Parents – what are the craziest or funniest things that you found yourself doing while potty training ? Share with us in the comments below.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Clorox® I’ve partnered with them to spread the word about the Clorox® ToiletWand® System. All opinions are my own.

Sources:

[i] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPgqi_LIQfc

[ii] Source: Sean Kane, Here’s why you should always close the toilet lid when you flush, Tech Insider, March 24, 2016 https://goo.gl/cIKSTh

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 522 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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New York Times Best-Selling Author, Denene Millner, Pens a Love Letter to Black Children Everywhere

BY: - 11 Apr '17 | Book Club

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Denene Millner is truly an artist.  Everything she writes (and I mean everything) evokes emotions in me – – even her Facebook posts (I see them in my newsfeed and they give me some kind of jolt as I go about my day.)  She’s like “good morning”…and I’m like Denene is a genius….lol! (As you can tell…I’m a big fan and honored to be a friend too.)

She has a God-given talent! And that God-given talent has allowed her to write multiple New York Times best-selling books and her award-winning website, MyBrownBaby.com – a site where “African American parents and parents of black children and their opinions matter, and are heard, respected, and revered. For their poignancy and strength. For their intelligence and authenticity.”  (Those are Denene’s words…she’s just awesome.)

I’m happy to announce that Denene now has a new line of black children’s books, Denene Millner Books — a children’s book imprint, in partnership with Agate Publishing.

My imprint is a love letter to children of color who deserve to see their beauty and humanity in the most remarkable form of entertainment on the planet: books. ~ Denene Millner

And her first picture book Early Sunday Morning, releases today! And I’ll let Denene describe this book in her own beautiful words:

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Early Sunday Morning is a beautiful tribute to my childhood—specifically the love my nuclear family members shared for one another, my mother’s insistence that we be socialized within a strong black Baptist church culture, and the incredible bond I had (and still have!) with my father. I still remember the first time I sang a solo in church—the preparation that went into it and all the nerves I had to overcome to stand up in front of that microphone, in front of all those people and sing.”

Denene came to my office recently and showed me an early copy of this book.  And it is truly amazing! The words and the pictures took me back to a time when I wore white shawls and black patent leather shoes to church.  It made me remember how pretty my mom looked in her Easter Sunday suits — my mom was so fly (she still is.)  By the way Vanessa Brantley-Newton  is the Illustrator and she did an amazing job!  I kept rubbing the book as if the pictures were jumping off the pages.

Support Denene

Everyone needs to purchase at least 2 or 3 copies of this book.   And here’s why

  • One for you.  I want it for my coffee table.  I want my sisters and my friends to read it when they come over so that we can reminisce about the “good old days.”
  • One for your kids.  Every kid needs to have a copy of this book…but if they are small they don’t get to put their grimy little fingers (lol) on your own personal copy.
  • One for your friend.  I have several friends that just had babies. Guess what they’re getting.

Please help us support Denene by picking up a copy of Early Sunday Morning TODAY.

Yes…today…. don’t put it off until later.  Let’s get a copy today and show the world why black children’s books are not only needed..they are wanted.  And let’s show Denene that we appreciate all that she does for our community and our children.  I knew this book was coming…but I strategically ordered my copies today.  I want you to do the same.

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 522 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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