You'd think that at this point in my children's lives, I would realize that they are very different. And, that because of those differences, I need to tailor my parenting to their uniqueness. For some reason that lesson hasn't totally sunk in yet...
With T-Man, potty training was very straightforward. I told him that there were no more diapers for him, put him in undewear, and then off to the potty we went. I reminded him to go, I didn't have to make it fun--he just did his thing, hopped off, got dressed, washed his hands, DONE. After a week, we had a few accidents, but for the most part we were finished.
With Fearless?...umm, not so much straightforward...in fact, it's totally a game. Remember my last post saying we were taking a break for my sanity's sake?? Well, Fearless has decided that now that mommy's not into it, HE is going to be into it, so he's been asking to use the potty, is successful, etc. (As long as I read his Elmo potty book to him!) I suppose he just wants to go about it his way.
While I don't think this is anything to battle about, my biggest fear is his approach to the whole situation. I think I'm going to have to get much better at making him think that what I want him to do is really HIS idea. I think if I don't become expert in that, I could be in for serious trouble during the teenage years!
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