Tackling My Travel Potty Training Fears
If you read Mama’s Fear of Potty Training on the Road a few weeks ago, you will know that this phase of parenthood has me scared silly. We are well into potty training at this point. Dek has almost mastered running to his tiny toilet at home. We still have a few accidents, but at least he is trying and knows where to go.
I have realized something very interesting however. I actually have to be a part of this process. Yes, yes, I knew I’d have to help him climb on the toilet, pull down pants, etc. but it’s so much more than that, especially when we are out and about.
It is up to me to make sure I get Dek to a bathroom when we are traveling or just wandering around town. I can’t just ask him if he needs to use the toilet. He is perfectly happy running around in a wet diaper or pull-up. Why stop playing when you can go where you are? I need to be proactive about bringing him to the restroom when we are out of the house. I also need to clue into his queues (right now little squeaks) that he has to go and go now. I have to pull the car over or get to a rest stop when we are on the road more often than we already do. I can’t assume a 2 year old will be able to vocalize what he needs all the time. After all, I have to remind him to eat sometimes, I guess I’ll just add going to the restroom to the list.
That being said, I decided to start a page dedicated to Potty Training on the Road. I hope this helps other parents currently experiencing the “joys” of potty training. Even more than that, I hope it keeps me on task as I try to get Dek potty trained once and for all, preferably before his little brother shows up.
Check back often for little tips and tricks I pick up along the way. I’ll also add links to other blogging friends who have mastered this parenting obstacle in one way or another. If you have some tricks up your sleeve, please send them my way. In the meantime, check out the tips I’ve picked up so far.