Sometimes as a parent you have those bright spots when you get the feeling you are doing things right. You can sit back and be proud that your kids are going to turn out just fine. Then there are the times when you shake your head and wonder how you will ever rise up to the challenge. Don’t feel alone, here is one of those stories.
Potty training can be a time when you as a parent are tested. On one hand you want your kids to let you know when the need to go, but you fail to realize how often that occurs. You also run into the occasional “let’s make it a game” situation where you end up chasing around the little on while they yell out “I gotta go potty!” Then there are the times you just miss the call. My daughter suddenly claimed she needed to go potty, so I took her to the bathroom. As I pulled her pants down I realized she had already pooped. Despite knowing this my brain went blank and I pulled her pants off. The poop dropped to the floor, which she then stepped into. Reacting, I picked her up and set her on my knee to prevent her from getting anymore on her feet. As my knee got warm it came to me she still had poop on her bottom. I set her down next to the toilet, and she backed up against the wall. As you can guess this formed a brown spot on the wall.
I finally came to my senses and placed her on the toilet. The whole time I cleaned up she sat there saying “eeewwww” and “yucky daddy”. Her three older brothers were not as forgiving. They would taunt me for the rest of the day. The worst of this came when we were at the grocery store and my 3 year old told the cashier “Daddy got poop on the wall.” The cashier, who was a grandmother, laughed and told the kids sometimes dad’s do that. I know I am a dad when I am no longer embarrassed by my kids telling strangers I got pooped on the wall.
I must go now, another parenting moment is calling and I wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to embarrass myself and amuse my kids.