10 Potty Training Milestones Every Child Goes Through

Photo by: Casey Mullins
First Time They Sit on the Potty
The first time that little bare butt hits the porcelain throne is a big deal, it's the first real life skill you teach them that will last ... more 
Photo by: Casey Mullins
First Time They Sit on the Potty
The first time that little bare butt hits the porcelain throne is a big deal, it's the first real life skill you teach them that will last them FOREVER. No pressure, really. Plus, it makes them look super tiny. Then every once in awhile they'll dip in a little too far and get a panicked look on their face...
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Fri, Nov 1, 2013 12:27 PM EDT

Every thirty minutes during church the other week, I poked my head into my toddler Vivi's class and said "Potty?" We visited the church bathroom at least seven times before having success, a satisfying pee complete with a sturdy wipe, flush and wash. Of all the parenting activities that have tested my resolve, potty training is at the tippy top of that list. Now that I've survived it once, I realize that it's not the end of the world, it's just a somewhat difficult part of the world that will someday resolve itself. Heck, I've been potty trained for 30 years and there's still times (thanks to two kids!) that waiting for a potty seems impossible. As I venture down potty road with Vivi, the milestones involved in potty training are coming back to me, some of them funny, some of them a little messy, but all of them necessary in order to send a toilet trained human out into the world. Whether you're in the thick of training, well past it, or just beginning, I think you'll relate to some of the following. -By Casey Mullins

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