Potty Training Diaries – Day 2

It’s a good thing the book cautioned me about Day 2 or I might have been tempted to throw in the towel.

Author Jamie Glowacki writes, “The second day of potty training is most often the day that parents without a plan (ahem, this book) give up. They think the resistance is a sign of ‘not ready.’ But nothing could be further from the truth. If your child is ready to put up a fight for something he wants, he’s more than ready to put his pee in the potty.”

Oh, and did Matty Jay ever put up a fight! More than once Matty flat out demanded a diaper (his request was firmly denied).

Day 2 felt a bit like having a bad puppy in the house, although Matty was much more cunning than a little puppy. We didn’t always do such a great job at carefully watching him, but he was carefully watching us, and the moment we got distracted and turned our backs, he peed on the floor…and worse!

That boy had four baths on Day 2. FOUR!! Suffice it to say, it was a gross day.

But we learned a few things, and so did Matty Jay.

  1. We learned that a MAJOR key to success in this thing is keeping our eyeballs glued to the boy’s tush, and I mean every single second. No getting a cup of coffee or checking an email or answering a phone call. By the day’s end, we figured out that if one of us had to take our eyes off that toddler for any reason, we had to first assign a different pair of eyeballs to carefully track him.
  2. We learned that over prompting him and pressuring him only leads to resistance. The more relaxed we were, the better he did. When I thought he might be showing signs, I simply said, “Let’s go potty, Matty.”
  3. By the end of the day, we were fully committed to watching him like a hawk and gently prompting him to go.
  4. He had two big successes before the day was through, and those successes made him so visibly proud of himself that we knew we were likely to be in a better place on Day 3.

Night time was a little easier going from Day 2 to Day 3. Matty only woke up two or three times (as opposed to 6 or 7 the night before). He had one pee accident in the bed, but otherwise, it was a decent night.

Stop in tomorrow to find out about the big leap of Day 3!

Jenni Stahlmann

Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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