So… I don’t know about you, but each time I go through the “potty training” process with my children I am humiliated in ALL NEW ways.

Every parent experiences those moments where they hear their sweet, innocent toddler suddenly yell, “I counting to five!!” and look over to see that they have placed their favorite teddy bear in time out for taking a toy away from her cabbage patch doll.  She proceeds to point her pudgy little finger at him and mumble through words that sound so familiar to you, “That is unnecessary. We don’t hit our friends!” 

It’s cute right?? Hearing your own words echo in the voice of your sweet child…

Well, when it comes to potty training… hearing your words echoed back to you…. it is not cute. It is embarrassing.

You  would think I had learned my lesson the first time I walked into a public restroom with Kaelob and he eagerly exlaimed as I lowered my pants to sit on the toilet, “Mommy have to go big poo poo??!!”  I remember that moment like it was yesterday.  I cringed and felt my heart pounding in my chest.  I didn’t move… and then I heard it.  Laughing.  A woman in the stall next to mine and one waiting by the sinks were giggling. I conveniently didnt have to pee anymore, I then helped Kaelob go potty and you better bet we took our sweet time so by the time that stall door opened we were alone.

Since then I have been reminded more times than I can count of how incredibly embarrassing my own words are when they are aimed right back at me.  Apparently I am a slow learner and continue to say dorky things to my children when trying to teach them to use the potty and time and time again it comes RIGHT BACK AT ME AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIMES!

“mommy go pee pee?”

“where’s the poo poo?”

“pushy pushy… push that poo poo out!” –along w the vision of your child squatting in front of you looking you in the eyes, face turning red as if her pushing will help you.

“uh oh, mommy stinky!”

“LOOK! There it is! Good pee pee mommy!!” –a few excited claps and a little joyful bounce accompany the giant smile here.

“Oh wow.. mommy make BIG poo poo!”

“Bye bye poo poo!!” -and yes, there is overly excited waving to the toilet bowl going on here.

“oh mommy, you need to wipe.”

“where’s the pee pee? PUSH mommy, you can do it!” – again, heavy breathing and bright read faces accompany this one.

Best one ever?

Good girl mommy, you did it!!! Mommy BIG girl!!” –I sometimes wonder if I make the same silly faces, do the same silly happy dance and share the same ecstatic joy my child displays when exclaiming this one… Either way it is sure to cause a few giggles from outside our bathroom stall every time.

If you have kids, I know you can relate.  I know you can relate.  Even having your kids right there in your face grunting or giggling while you are trying to go to the bathroom in your own home is awkward and embarassing.  Some moments are definitely not meant to be shared, even with your kids…especially with your kids. 

If you don’t have kids, welcome to a glimpse of my world.  Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and maybe be prepared to hear everything you say to your children while learning to use the potty (or in general) right back in your face in every possible similar situation.

Be forewarned. 🙂





I would like to also say that just because my child exclaims that “mommy going Poo poo” does NOT make it true. One time I had simply cleared my throat and Peytne thought I was struggle to get the world’s largest bowel movement out.

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