Posts Tagged ‘Toilet Training’

You Might Call It My Number One Complaint

May 2, 2014

You know what, son? It’s disturbing to me just how much interest the status of your toilet training seems to generate in people, particularly strangers. It’s not the topic itself which disturbs me, but how often it’s brought up right after introductions are made and the question, “How old is he?” has been answered. Is this really relevant to every parent and grandparent we meet at the playground?

Who Ya Gonna Call? (Part Two)

September 27, 2012

Of course there’s a lot of ridiculousness involved in me toilet training my son, but I do my best to not let it get to me.  For instance, it’s absolutely vital that my son sees me “putting my pee pee in the potty” too, and while I’m not shy, that’s not an activity I’m used to having an audience for, and having him as an audience has proven to be difficult.

Oh, not because of any “shy bladder syndrome,” and not even really because this whole procedure absolutely fascinates my son, and I have to do this trick while also holding him back so he doesn’t get between me and the toilet and all the unfortunate splashing that would entail.

No, it’s difficult because he’s too young to appreciate my “Don’t cross the stream” joke(1), and I hate it when a joke flops with my audience.

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(1) And though I linked to the IMDB quote page just in case someone out there doesn’t get the reference (which also, as promised yesterday, explains the post title), I suggest that if you don’t get it, don’t search for the quote.  Trust me, it’ll be more fun to just go watch the movie for yourself.

Who Ya Gonna Call? (Part One)

September 26, 2012

Well before the birth of my son, I ruminated on how strange the English language/culture is when it comes to bodily functions, and now that the toilet training stage has arrived for him, I have become even more aware of just how strange it is.  He has a nice little video to introduce the concept to him (Ah, the modern age!), but despite its best efforts, it frequently comes across as awkward to me, particularly the part where children are telling the camera their favorite words for bathroom functions.

It’s not the “pee pee” and “ca ca” words coming from children that bothers me, they’re children using child words and that’s fine, but every time I hear the group of little girls gleefully calling out “I really need to urinate!”, I’m freshly struck each time just how ridiculous it is to hear children using clinical terms since I can’t imagine they were taught to do so for any other reason than for the comfort of their parents.

(By the way, the post title will make more sense tomorrow, I promise.)