New question at the dinner table tonight, tell me how your day has been.
Mine has had highs and lows. The highs have been very high, the lows disgustingly low. So I managed to do my yoga this morning and ran at lunchtime, knocking another 20 seconds off my best time this year for 1.2 miles (am now under 12 minutes). And my new lovely shiny Samsung Note II arrived. It’s mine, all mine.
The lows however were not good. Smallest is potty training, and we’ve had a run of excellent days, so I’d stopped asking her every couple of hours. Big mistake. Huge. Today we’d damp pants before we left the house, damp pants less than an hour later at the leisure centre and then, worst of all, full scale the-other-thing-that-isn’t-damp. Let’s just say wet wipes weren’t really up to the challenge and we ended up heading for home with her wearing Tigerboy’s emergency disposable nappy, where I put her straight in the shower and scrubbed my hands raw.
There are some things about being a parent I don’t like. This is definitely one of them. It occurs to me that I was a bystander in previous potty training outings, as in both cases the child concerned was with someone else more than they were me. I suppose it would be wrong to send her to nursery just so sometime else could sort it out?
I don’t understand why we’re having the problem. I know she can do it, she just doesn’t seem to care about being wet or dirty. I’m considering a reward chart, wondering whether that would make a difference. I hate the idea, I want her to do it because she wants to, but maybe stickers would help get over this hump?
Suggestions in the usual place please.