Sometimes the only way to survive the potty training phase is to laugh your way through it. We asked moms to share their funniest potty training moments and we were definitely amused by the stories that follow. (Please note that these stories do contain some fairly graphic descriptions of the potty training process...consider yourself warned!)
1. Cloud Watching
"I have potty trained nine of my ten children to date, but I have to say that my ninth child has been the most interesting. EVERY SINGLE time the child poopies in the potty, he identifies the shape, like most of us do with clouds, and he announces it. This odd practice has the whole family running to the potty each time to view his plop. Comments like this are heard at each viewing, 'Oh wow! It does look like a gun!' or 'How about that, it IS shaped like a whale!' My child's strange ways have the family doing something none of us would have ever dreamed of doing...and with great anticipation. Who would have thought..." -Terry Bonin of Bonin Family Adventures
2. At the Pool
"Last summer, working on potty training our 2-year-old:
Me: Kate, do you want to try going potty before we go swimming?
Kate: No. I pee in pool."
3. House Tour
"Oh God, I'll never forget it as long as I live.
My oldest son was three years old and really struggling with pooping on the potty. We were doing a lot of cheer leading and bribing, but nothing could convince him to make the transition from pull-up to potty.
Our house was on the market at the time and I had an agreement with the realtor that she would always call first before stopping by to show the house to potential buyers. Well, one day, she called and said she was ten minutes away and wondered if she could stop by with some clients who she thought would LOVE my house. My 3-month-old baby was napping and I explained that I didn't want to wake the baby and leave, so she would have to show the house while we were there.
I was racing around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to stash clutter and tidy up when my son announced that he really had to poop. (Of course, right?) I was tempted to tell him to just go in his pull-up, but I didn't want to confuse him, so I popped him on his potty and told him to call me when he was done.
Two minutes later the doorbell rang. As I was welcoming the realtor and the potential buyers into my foyer, my son came walking down the hallway toward us, totally naked from the waist down and holding a fresh turd in each hand. 'Mommy! I did it! I pooped on the potty!' he exclaimed with pride. 'See?'
The realtor started backing toward the door and stammered, 'Oh, we'll just reschedule when you're not so busy. Sorry to intrude!' Needless to say, that family did not buy our house." -Iris Beard of The Bearded Iris
4. Wake Up Now
"When my oldest was potty training, he just couldn't grasp the concept of peeing directly in the toilet. Or maybe he just didn't care. Anyway, since I was the one cleaning up all the accidents, I decided to lock the two of us up in the bathroom, strip him down to his birthday suit, and wait it out. How long could it possibly be until he finally felt the urge? Longer than I anticipated. He played happily with his army men while I sleepily sat Indian style on the floor struggling to keep my eyes open. Our bathroom was very small, so when the urge hit him, it was either going in the potty, or in my lap. Lap it was!! Just as I drifted off to dreamland, I felt a warm stream of "WAKE UP NOW DUMMY!" on my lap. I was jolted awake. Reacting quickly, I spun him around just in time to complete the stream in the potty! He had this light bulb moment. Finally realizing that was what I was wanting him to do all along. From that day on, he successfully pointed his stream into the mysterious white bowl beside the tub." -Christy Hughes of Chick Hughes
5. A Conversation Between Siblings
"My youngest son who is not yet three woke up the other day and wanted to wear underpants 'like the big kids,' so I figured we would try it. I asked him, repeatedly, if he had to go potty, and he continuously said no. Just as I was about to get him from the playroom to put him on the potty, I heard his brother (who is four) say, 'Do you feel like you have to go poopies?' He answered, 'No, I feel the poopies in my pants.' Needless to say he is back to diapers; I have no desire to try to train one more boy who is not remotely ready!" -Jessica of Four Plus an Angel