May 17, 2011

Potty Training

Posted by Tonia at Tuesday, May 17, 2011
By Rachel

"Usually the triumph of my day is, you know, everyone making it to the potty." - Julia Roberts

My youngest child is finally potty trained. Can you hear the Hallelujah chorus? Except I’m still having flashbacks of the hours spent in the bathroom…. waiting…. and waiting…. and waiting…. reading books, playing games, counting the number of tiles on the bathroom floor. And having that recurrent nightmare - you've had it, right? – the one where you're locked in a endless hallway full of toilets, trying to potty train hoards of dirty-bottomed children before the goldfish crackers on mopeds take over the world. <shudder>
But back to my story. Our potty training not only ended in a diaperless bottom, it produced some other results as well: 

(1) When my son was successful in getting some kind of body matter into the toilet, we treated ourselves to M&Ms. He developed an addiction to sugar and I gained 10 pounds. 
(2) We read so many books on the commode that he now thinks the toilet is his book-reading chair. Climbs up on it when he wants to hear a story. 
(3) When things got boring in the bathroom, we played with toilet paper. I now have a new talent – toilet paper origami. Don't be jealous.
Yes, toilet paper origami. I can now make fans, sailboats, flower pots, all kinds of fascinating objects. I have become obsessed! I now fold toilet paper wherever I go – friends’ homes, park restrooms, mall restrooms, etc. My husband was going to arrange an intervention when I started folding our paper towels. I’ve cut back now but wanted to share with you my favorite fold so you can impress your girlfriends at your next girlfriends’ get-together. Or, better yet, host a toilet paper origami party!  
I had planned on including written instructions in this blog, but when I sent them to my mom to try, she ended up with her arms tangled in toilet paper (Said she thought it would work for bondage….ewwwww….trying to erase that image from my mind now). So, I’m including a You Tube link.  Oh yeah, the instructions are not in English so watch closely!

Toilet paper origami - pleated fold


Sue on May 22, 2011 at 5:07 AM said...


It must go in my next book ! LOL :)

Sue Atkins
Author of "Raising Happy Children for Dummies" and the Parenting Made Easy app

Tonia on June 7, 2011 at 4:23 PM said...

Thanks, Sue! We always try to have the most practical parenting *eye roll* tips. :)

Lisa on August 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM said...

LOL! My take on potty training? It's shit. My son was fully trained in a week when he was two. I thought I was the most amazing parent EVAH. Turns out, not so much. He was just good at it. My daughter is now five. Granted, she has developmental delays, which makes this process tougher but seriously, I'm so sick of diapers I'm ready to stick my head in the toilet. we've had some success...fingers crossed things won't go down the crapper tomorrow. :)

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