Monday, December 26, 2016

HELPING YOUR CHILDREN GO TO THE BATHROOM OUTSIDE

Getting your children to put their poop and pee in the potty as opposed to their pants is only the first step in toilet training. Another important aspect is teaching them to do it in the great outdoors where there are no toilets and that's what this video is about.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

CHANGING ALL THOSE DIAPERS WOULD BE A PRIVILEGE

Though I do not agree with most of what feminism says or the LGBT agenda, this post points to something important. Men have a desire to care for children, including changing diapers, just as women do. The degree of feeling surrounding it as compared to a woman is debatable, but it is in men nonetheless.

Growing up, the predominate feeling was that all men or boys who wanted to babysit, go into ECE or otherwise care for children were pedophiles. This article shows that, though we have largely gotten past this thinking, it still persists to a great extent in our society.

Fortunately, there was one notable woman who was an exception to this thinking whom I had in my life as a child. I had one babysitter who had a son who was a little stubborn to toilet train and a baby daughter who came along during the time when her mother was sitting my sister and me. She would tell me about her son's toilet training struggles when I asked about them and she let me help with changing her daughter, throwing away the old diaper and getting a new one.

Thank you, woman whose name I of course won't mention here. Helping make your daughter dry and comfortable again was a true privilege.

Monday, December 19, 2016

I HOPE THEY'RE DISCRETE ABOUT IT

One important component of toilet training is learning to go when there's no toilet around. This is something the writer of this post seems to have mastered and I'm glad she taught her daughter as well.

WHEN ROLES ARE REVERSED

A couple articles about that time in your life when you become the parent to your parents.

First, a woman recounts visiting, and changing, her mother.

Second, a woman truly makes a sacrifice to ensure her mom has the best brand of pull on adult diaper for her needs.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

EARLY POTTY TRAINING ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION

This video is great, from an information standpoint as well as in other ways. Her frankness and openness, especially as a Christian girl, is quite refreshing.

She has a lot of other stuff, both on Youtube and other parts of the web that's worth looking at so check that out, too.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

MAY ALL GOD'S PEOPLE CHANGE LOTS OF DIAPERS

This post hits it right on the head. The greatest thing for a person is not to be made much of, but to make much of others and, more importantly, God.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ADULTS ALSO FAIL TO ADDRESS THIS NEED, AND I DON'T MEAN QUIET TIME WITH GOD

This blog post is wonderful, not only for the frank and candid way this woman talks about wetting her pants and pants wetting in general, but because of the convicting, truthful reminder it contains for Christians.

POTTY TALK IN CHRISTIAN MEDIA

First, let me preface this by telling you I didn’t grow up in the church.

However, the Christians (and unbelievers, but they don’t concern this post) I grew up around were rather prewdish about everything that happened below the waist, and that included going to the bathroom. I also found this attitude in the Baptist church in which I wasted 14 years, from age 17 to 31 (although of course time is never truly wasted when one is in the Lord.) That’s why I find it noteworthy when ever there is a candid mention of diapering, toilet training or going to the bathroom in Christian media, music and literature being included in the term media. Below are the mentions I have encountered which I find noteworthy. Quotations are not exact as I’m doing this from memory and it’s obviously more trouble than good to find all the books, articles, etc.

In the children’s fiction series of books about Teddy Jo, Teddy Jo’s brother, Paul, has a problem with wetting his pants. I have never found going to the bathroom to feature at any kind of length in any other Christian fiction I have read.

In Ethel Barrett’s book, “Will The Real Phoney Please Stand Up”, she has a line that goes something like, “There you were with your stomach full and your diaper dry.”

I heard an interview with Shelly Lewben a couple years ago in which she said, “My first job for the Lord was changing poopy diapers.” This stuck with me not only because of Lewben’s candour but because she recognized that whatever we do, even changing a baby’s diaper, we do it to God’s service.

Around the same time I heard an interview with a woman who’d written a book called “Red Hot Faith.” She mentioned that, at one time, she had three children in diapers. Again, it stuck out to me because it wasn’t something I’d heard Christian women bring up before.

A local Christian singer has a song about winter in which her young daughter says, “Mom, I have to pee.” After getting her snowsuit on. I remember an incident with some so-called Christian playmates of mine where a girl used the word “pee” and the others reacted to it as if she’d said a swear word.

An article from ten years ago about Christian youth organizations playing fast and loose with statistics compared the sloppy analysis to “saying that in ten years all children born this year will be wearing diapers because right now they all wear diapers.”

In one of his books, Frank Viola has a chapter on discipling new believers. He mentions one of the metaphorical tasks of bringing up baby Christians is to “change the diapers.”

Of course, the most famous example is probably the pants wetting story, which is used as an analogy about humility, service to others, or something. For those unfamiliar with this story, here goes:

A girl, ostensibly 10 years old, is going to a friend’s house after school to play. She has to use the bathroom before she leaves school but doesn’t because she figures she can make it to her friend’s house and use the bathroom there. As she and her friend continue on their journey, the girl’s need increases until, by the time they reach the friend’s house, the girl is desperate. To her horror, the door to the friend’s house is locked and the friend forgot her key at school. The two girls repair to the backyard where the friend proceeds to turn on the hose so they can play in the water on a nice warm day. The sight of the water gushing forth from the hose causes the girl to loose control and empty the full contents of her bladder into her pants. Noticing, the friend sprays the girl’s crotch with the hose, then sprays her crotch with the hose. When the friend’s father gets home, he believes both girls have merely gotten wet because of the water.

Though I admire the candour of this story, too, I do have a couple problems with this tale.

First, what about the smell? Spraying the friend might explain the wetness but you would still be able to smell the pee.

Second, what about the friend? Mightn’t she have made the same mistake as well, thinking she could go once she got in the house and not realizing she left her key until she reached her front door? Even if she went before she left school, might the friend not have to go again between the time she left school and the time the father returned from work?


Of notable exception to this uptightness about bodily functions is the UK. I have been reading a lot more Christian literature from Britain in recent years and there seem to be more frequent mentions of things like changing diapers and the potty.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"NINA NEEDS TO GO" AN EXAMPLE OF EVERYTHING WRONG WITH SOCIETY

1. Deal with things when they become a problem rather than try to prevent them. How about Nina goes to the bathroom before she leaves the house, or before the family starts doing whatever it's doing.

2. The parents are whipped. Rather than asking, how about insist Nina use the bathroom.

3. No matter how badly you screw up and no matter how much that screwing up is your own fault, someone will always come along and bail you out.

4. Break rules if you have to in order to get what you want or need.

5. There are no consequences. Nina never fails to make it to the bathroom, thus having an accident and being embarrassed.

6. There's no real expectation of change. You can't keep saying "Never gonna do that again" and "Now I know" and yet keep doing the same stupid thing over and over and over again.

This show is co-created with Pullups in hopes that children will emulate Nina and start wetting their pants again, causing you to give up on toilet training altogether and keep your kids in diapers forever.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

JUST LAY SOME BEER MATS OVER THE SAWDUST

Regarding the recent article in Maclean's about diaper changing tables in men's washrooms, this is another strong argument for unisex washrooms. Incidentally, why isn't the three year old mentioned in the article toilet trained?

There are many additional reasons there should be unisex washrooms:

Elderly people with opposite sex caregivers: As the population of senior citizens rises, this is going to become more common. It is also somewhat likely most of the caregivers will be feamale, so having a unisex washroom would be a good way a female nurse could care for an elderly male patient without having to be concerned about which washroom to take him into;

People with special needs who have opposite sex caregivers: Again, the population of disabled people is rising and many of these people will need help in the bathroom. Just as with the scenario above, a good way to take care of things without having to wonder about which washroom to use;

daddies with little girls: Even after a child gets out of diapers, they will need help with toileting, probably for a few years after toilet training. Unisex washrooms are a good idea in this case for all the reasons cited in the article;

Couples: Personally, I would rather go to the bathroom in front of my wife or girlfriend to whom I am deeply committed than with a bunch of strange guys;

Dads with a bunch of young kids of both sexes: If you have both boys and girls in your charge who are of the age where they need help toileting, you can't exactly take the boys into the men's room and let the girls go into the women's room by themselves. Of course, you could get a friendly female passerby to help but some people wouldn't be comfortable with doing this.

It is good to see so many places now with unisex washrooms as well as places that don't exactly enforce the MEN or WOMEN sign on their bathroom doors. Hopefully this trend grows, making things a lot easier and much less awkward for fathers and others everywhere.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

CHANGING TAB-STYLE ABSORBANT PROTECTIVE UNDERWEAR IS THE HARDEST PART OF MY JOB

I could not agree more heartily with this woman. Take that, political correctness.

SOME PEOPLE ARE DUMB-THE MANUFACTURERS OF PULLUPS (OR SHOULD THAT BE PULL-UPS)

("Some People Are Dumb" is a well-beloved feature of the Alex Horton Blog and is based on a line from the classic film "Beavis and Butt-head do America.")

When it first came out in the eighties, the idea behind them was to make a fifty gallon drum full of money by extending the diaper wearing age. The idea which was a front for this was that, if a child just learning to use the toilet had a disposable garment that would absorb accidents to a high degree, this would help the child toilet train faster and save parents (overwhelmingly mothers back in them days) the extra work of having to wash soiled underwear or cloth training pants. However, as countless toddlers have demonstrated, this product got used just like a diaper instead.

The marketing of these products as "just like big kid underwear" with the trademark jingle "Mommy, wow, I'm a physically more mature human at this present time" was put forth by people who clearly don't understand little children. Toddlers don't grasp nuances. Yes, to you, Mom, and to you, sleezy diaper company executive, these concoctions of paper and faux-cloth plastic do indeed seem like real underwear and, granted, are capable of being pulled up and down by little ones. Thing is, the kiddos don't see it that way. To them these objects feel and, they discover, work just like diapers. They're not capable of understanding "This is like a diaper only because it's meant to help if I have an accident, but I'm supposed to poop and pee in the potty now."

Granted, there have been some situations in which these disposable training pants have worked, but I'll talk about those in another post. For now, please enjoy reading my name and the date and time this was posted.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"SOMEDAY YOU'LL LOOK BACK ON THIS..."

This is so heartening. It's moments like this you remember most as a parent; not the things you think you'll remember

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

YES, SHE DOES POO HERE OFTEN

Regarding the article in Maclean's a few weeks back about parents having parties to encourage their kids to toilet train, don't let it get to that point.

Monday, November 14, 2016

TO TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT OR NOT

One tip for toilet training suggested by people is to take a child's word for it when they say they don't need to go to the bathroom. It is said this will help the child become aware of their need. It is argued too many parents mess up toilet training by insisting the child use the bathroom which in turn causes the child to second guess whether he or she needs to go and actually delays independent use of the toilet. Thus, if your child says no, pretend like you're taking their word for it, even if you know they're going to wet their pants in ten minutes.

I can see merit for this way of thinking. However, there are times when you can't afford to deal with wet pants and you must insist on the child using the bathroom, such as if you didn't bring exstra clothes, you're in a situation where it isn't easy to change clothes, or there is something more to the child saying they don't need to go, such as fear of using a public washroom.