Afton turned 20 months today and decided earlier this week it was time to use the toilet. The best advice I’ve received about potty training is to take your time and go at your child’s pace. Baby steps.
I’m taking this advice to heart when it comes to balance in my own life. Too often I neglect the goals I’ve set in place and I backslide. I would never give up on Afton if she had an accident because it’s to be expected at this stage of the game, but I, on the other hand, throw in the towel on my goals when I slip up.
It’s all about baby steps and taking one day at a time. There are always going to be excuses that are readily available for why you can’t do something but if you consciously make an effort to try, you will find out that you’re capable of more than you gave yourself credit for! You owe it to yourself to try.
I’m not of the mentality (nor do I have the stamina) to ditch diapers cold turkey. They’re there, and so is the carpet, etc. There is no logical reason to toss them out at this point. We are working up to that goal in a realistic manner.
This is why I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. Resolution sounds like you just do it. Nike does, but I don’t. Everyone is different. If you’re like me, go ahead and start getting your feet wet. Make a goal to do a little more than you did the day before. Set goals, yes, but make them easy to achieve in the reality of your time frame.
Don’t [potty] train cold turkey.