When all else fails, just try something

Slide1I was sharing this story with some friends over cocktails recently and had them laughing hysterically.  It was either too many cocktails, we don’t get out much or truly funny.

A few months ago Katherine woke up in the middle of the night.  In usual form, I pick her up, hug her and check her diaper.  All good, so I lay her back down and leave the room. 

Minutes later she is crying again so I dish out another hug and lay her back down.  I think we went back and forth like this for half an hour.  On the verge of feeling frustrated and a sense of failure I said to her, “Mommy has to go potty.  Can I go potty?”  She shook her head yes, I hugged her; she laid down and went to sleep. 

There are times when I have to go potty doesn’t work immediately and I add in, “You don’t want mommy to tee tee in her panties.”

All I am saying is CRAZY!  Never underestimate what might work or the power of your creativity.  This now works for us on a regular basis.  I don’t mean to brag because at any moment now it will stop working (like tonight), but for now it works and I’m going with it.  I’m doing my happy dance as I type this.  It is so great!

Yours may not be potty.  Maybe you need to check on the dogs or the stars and moon.

Go ahead. Give it a try.  You might be surprised what will work.

On a side note, most of the time I do go potty so I am telling the truth. 

When you are on the verge of giving up, just try something…anything.

And now back to the trial and errors of parenting.

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