or why potty training can be detrimental to your septic system.
So that whole white elephant in the room.? Anyone notice that?? No?? Me neither.? Oh ok.? It’s there.? I’m just trying to ignore it and maybe we’ll move through unscathed.? What white elephant?? Potty training.
Yeah, I’m one of those moms who will disclose potty training issues about my child with the internets.? I have no pride.? Actually it is more of gathering ammunition because I know full well that in the future this child will embarrass me in public.? When that day comes I can whip out any number of posts and say see… that wasn’t so fun was it.? Let’s not yell out obscene words at mommy’s office.
That whole potty training thing is going quite well.? If you consider staying dry all day long, but with 400 trips to the toilet each day fun.? But don’t forget to throw in a complete and utter resistance to pooping on the toilet.? And gawd forbid I even suggest that my child actually poops or heaven help me if I suggest he just give sitting on the toilet a try.? Both are met with horrible screaming that would blow your pants right off.
Now that the child has come to terms with the peeing on the toilet he thinks that wiping and flushing are a game.? We had to convince him that little boys that stand up to pee don’t need to wipe.? So the boy now finds excuses to put the paper in the toilet.? Like, oh, the sky is blue.? You will open the lid to one of our 2 toilets and find wads of toilet paper.? A whole 1/2 roll.? Nice.
The child’s obsession with putting things in the toilet started with the cat’s recycling water dish.? The cats would complain to us and we’d find cat food, kitty litter or other random objects in he water dish.? We switched to the granular form of Feline Pine cat litter and the boy could no longer pick up the pellets and put them in the dish.? We thought we were smart and solved that problem.? Until one day I went into the bathroom and found that the boy had grabbed handfuls of cat litter (out of the box) and put them in the dish.? Then he did the same thing to the toilet.?? There is not enough hand sanitizer or soap in the world to wash your kid with to get that image out of your brain.
After we explained (about 50 times) that it was not ok to go litter box diving we began finding other random objects in the toilet.? More toilet paper (which is now way up high), sticker, beans, cat food, dryer sheets, a silicone bracelet, a straw, and a toilet paper roll.
The problem is the boy has figured out he can flush the toilet.? Prior to this he didn’t have the strength.? His parents have become paranoid that someday they will? be elbow deep in human waste trying to fish out a match box car.? But some days we are less than average people.? I have a staunch opposition to baby proofing my entire home.? And that is no just for no’s sake.? I have one cabinet with latches, a few door knob covers and outlet covers.? However, earlier this week I invested in toilet locks.? $7.99 a piece toilet locks.? Toilet locks that will save me hundreds of dollars in eventual septic system repair when the child tries to shove one of the cats down the can.
So if you come to visit my home, please don’t complain that you aren’t smarter than the toilet locks and that you have to reach way up high for the paper.? I’m saving my sanity here people.