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When I stop to think about it, I am always amazed by how quickly my children are growing. It seems that even if I were to stop every day and take a snapshot of their growth, it still would not be enough.
We’ve journeyed through many things together – learning how to sit upright, how to use a fork, how to crawl, walk, and run. Thinking back on it now – it sometimes seems like a blur.
We’re on the home stretch with potty training, and my youngest is nearly sleeping through the night without any adult intervention. It’s with mixed emotions that I realize he’s on his way to independence. Of course, I want that for him, but my youngest is now a little boy and no longer a baby.
One of the most delightful things about watching my children grow? My children have a marvelous sense of humor. Even teaching them the final steps of potty training has turned out to be fun. “How many squares of tissue do you use when you wipe mommy?” is not a question I anticipated, but it’s one we all had a good laugh about.
Have you had any deliriously entertaining conversations lately? If not, find a parenting friend and swap stories about potty training. See… I brought a smile to your face, didn’t I? I’m pretty sure nearly all parents have some entertaining potty training stories to tell.
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5 Potty Training Tips
- Practice Makes Perfect – Now with my little ones, I like to go through lots of trial runs before encouraging them to try something new on their own. Here we’re trying to practice getting the Charmin toilet paper into the potty.
- Use soft Toilet Paper – In case you’ve not tried it, Charmin is super soft – I don’t want my son not to wipe because he doesn’t like the feel of the toilet paper. And since 24 Charmin rolls equals 108 regular rolls, I don’t have to change out the toilet paper roll very often. I picked up our super value pack at Sam’s Club. The toilet paper aisle is a sea of blue and Charmin Ultra Soft has resurfaced at Sam’s Club for a limited time. Extra bonus: there’s a thousand free extra sheets per pack. Our family saves hundreds of dollars every year by buying groceries and household items at Sam’s.
- Celebrate Milestones – I’ve included a free printable growth chart that you can download FREE as a part of this post. Just click the blue “download now” button to download your free copy. One easy way to celebrate a new milestone is to record a height measurement when a significant milestone is reached. My three year old was thrilled to have his height taken as a part of our “you’ve learned how to potty” party. 😉
- Recruit the entire Family – My eldest son is a wonderful encourager and is always available to offer helpful tips. Make sure to listen in on sibling conversations – you’re likely to harvest jewels of childhood wisdom that you can smile about to yourself for years to come.
- Out with Old and in with the New – The best way to quit an old habit is to replace it with a new one. Once one of my kids starts to grasp a new concept, I try to discourage them from going back. I encourage them with words like “I know you can do it” and “I’ve seen you do this so well before, I know you can do it again – let’s try.” Sometimes just a little positive reminder helps them get back on track.
I learn new things from my children all the time. One of the things I’ve realized is that there are many things I take for granted that my children do not understand yet. But one of the things I really love about my role as a mom – is all the fun I get to have with my children as we learn together along the way.
As you can see, my five-year-old had to get in on the growth chart action. 😉 Even older children enjoy the attention that comes with recording milestones. With this free downloadable chart you can take regular snapshots of growth and even teach kids how to count from one to sixty. See – I threw in a helpful math tool.
How do you keep track of Family Milestones?
How do you track new milestones reached? Have any tips for potty training? If you have a funny potty training story to tell – please leave a comment below and share your potty training wisdom with other HappyandBlessedHome.com readers. Let’s encourage each other as our kids grow and master new skills! Thanks for being a fan,
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