Are boys or girls more challenging to potty train?
Leslie Kiel writes for Insurantly.com. She is the mother of three, was a nanny for several years, and once hosted “Potty Training Boot Camp” for her girlfriends, who thought they would lose their minds if they had to change one more diaper.
The week leading up to potty training, I grumbled, stressed, and imagined how much laundry I was setting myself up for, but three days in, he put on big boy undies, and we never looked back.
“Wow!” I thought. “If it took him three days, imagine how easy girls will be.”
My friends say I cheated because I had him sit down for both number 1 and 2, but give me a child who can potty on the toilet and walk away clean over one who’s pottying in his pants any day.
A few years later it was time for me to find out the difference myself. I had always heard that girls learn faster because they only have one position to learn, they are more compliant at this age, or they can’t stand to feel dirty, but in my experience, all these reasons turned out to be completely bogus. My daughter flat out refused to sit on the potty because she said it was “ucky.” One of the girls for which I nannied fell off the potty and was thereafter traumatized by the mere sight of a toilet. I told my niece diapers were gross, and a week later, her parents reported her new habit of removing baby brother’s diapers and saying, “Diapers gross!”
All of these potty training issues and the only thing they have in common is girls...and me.
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