This week, instead of handing off to you my best Potty Training tips, I’d like to simply offer my support.

This is me, Lauren. I’ve been peed on, pooped on, and had princess underpants thrown at me. I’ve scrubbed wee out of my cousin’s carpet. I still keep embarassingly meticulous track of how much koolaid my toddler drinks before we got out in public. I’ve done emergency laundry loads because my child soaked 7 pairs of undies in one day. I’ve danced my hiney off at more Potty Parties than I can count and cleaned confetti out of the bathroom sink. And the first thing I did when we got to Disneyland was find every bathroom on the park map and burn their locations into my memory.

I’m the mom of two spirited children, each who have had potty training triumphs and challenges. I know what you’re going through! I know how daunting the job is and I know how depressing it can be to turn your life temporarily inside out to spend hours and hours sitting on your bathroom floor.

But I also know that Potty Training is important. VERY important. Not just because you don’t want to change a 15 yr. old’s diapers, but because this is the first major step your child takes towards independence and you are their guide. Your patience, compassion, persistence and love are important. Your confidence in your child (and in yourself) is important.

So don’t give up and don’t despair! When you step in yet another puddle just inches from the toilet, know that I (and many mothers like me) have done the same. Look to others who have been through the potty training years and lived to tell about it. Laugh at their stories, learn from their experiences and let their support help you and your little one navigate this necessary and ultimately rewarding task.