Actually, it wasn’t so much as a laugh but a loud, barking HA!, which come to think of it is the same thing I say when my kids tell me that they’ll never ever ask me for another toy in their lives if I just buy them whatever the heck is on their minds at the moment.
So yes, regarding National Potty Training Awareness Month, I’d like to say one thing: I am aware. I don’t think I could be more aware of potty training if I tried. When you have a three year old who refuses to wear Pull Ups but who’s not completely trustworthy in her underwear, you can’t help but be aware.
When you can’t leave the house without stashing a tiny pair of Yo Gabba Gabba undies in your purse, you can’t help but be aware.
When you have a a child who tells all the guests at the fancy dinner party that she just pooped in the potty and isn’t that great? you can’t help but be aware.
For me, if we’re having National Potty Training Awareness Month we should also consider having the following awareness months:
National Whining Awareness Month
National Breathing Air Awareness Month
National I Need to Lose 10 Pounds Awareness Month
And my personal favorite: National Dora the Explorer Scream-Talks Awareness Month.
These moms are aware of potty training, too. They’ve agreed to spread awareness of this parental struggle by offering some expert advice. Some are bloggers. Some are child development experts. But no matter their credentials they’re all professional potty trainers! (We should put that on some type of certificate.)
Share your potty training tips in the comments, and contact me if you’d like to get in on the ground floor of any of those important social causes I’ve listed above. We can organize a rally or something.
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.