I consider myself a mom that doesn't get overly worried about the quirks of my children. However, when that quirk starts to disrupt my day, I can get annoyed.
Benjamin has been potty trained for over a year now. I never have to think about it. When he has to go, he just does his thing. Two weeks ago, the boys' toilet overflowed....not a big deal....just the get the plunger and fix it.
However, this event seemed to scar Ben for life. The next morning he complained that his stomach hurt. Come to find out, he had been holding it until absolutely the last second. He just didn't want to go for fear of the toilet overflowing. He calls me in to stand there to watch him, then I have to flush it as he runs out of the room in a panic. Part of the problem is that he thinks that when the water fills back up, it will never stop. I have tried everything I can think of to get him over this fear.
- I've explained to him that only big stinky boys make toilets overflow.
- I've told him that it will only happen if a ton of toilet paper gets flushed.
- I've made him watch it while I flush so he can see it go down.
- I've tried to put enough paper in it to make it stop up, then plunging it down so he can see how the plunger works.
- I've even tried tough love by making him flush it.
I'm going mad! Who knew that the toilet could be such a scary thing?