16 June 2011

In the Attached Parenting world, they (we) like to use the term Potty Learning (PL'ing) instead of Potty Training.  And I totally get that.  We do our best to take a gentle parenting approach and try to never push Quinn in to something he's not ready for or doesn't want to do.  We have our great and not-so-great parenting moments but we do our best.  And honestly diapers are really easy and convenient.  But, I think the Little Man is ready for it and I would like him out of diapers before the new school year starts (although they would take him in diapers).   Summer is here and it's time to learn to use the potty.

Quinn has used the potty alot over the last year but never consistently. On Sunday we started with a pants free day with mixed success, but definitely some success.  On Monday I was folding laundry on our bed and Quinn went running by me.  I thought he was playing hide and seek but he was running to use the potty!!  Yay!!   When he's bare-bottomed he understands that he needs to use the potty and will do so himself.  This is a huge step forward.  Then last night we were in the kitchen after dinner and he went running for the potty again.  This time it was a #2!!  There were some droplings on the way to the potty but he mostly hit the target.  Wahoo!

It's been a tough week for all of us.  Quinn has been a little more emotional this week and will break in to tears more easily than normal.  He's also asked for a diaper a couple of times and calls his underwear "underwear diapers".  But he is so proud of himself when he hits the mark and I know it's just one of those transitional periods that we will look back on and laugh.  Having said that, no kid can go through this rite of passage without a photo like this.  In this day and age, our boy takes an ipad to the potty ;)

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