A friend of mine posted on her facebook about services she heard of where they will potty train your kid for you. The cost ranges from $400 for a week to $700 an hour. (What??!)
I think this is tragic.
Potty training is such a personal process and achievement for our littles.
They trust us to help them learn. They need our encouragement. They look to us for affirmation. They deserve our respect.
As parents it’s our role to guide them through this personal transition.
I don’t have a problem with other close adults helping (grandma, etc.), but to hire a service to come in and do it for us like we’d hire out our lawn maintenance or housecleaning? (I’d totally pay for a cleaner if I could afford it!)
But contracting out potty training?
Wrong. I just think it’s seriously wrong.
I understand that many parents are daunted by the task (I was one of them), but that doesn’t justify delegating it out to a stranger.
Imagine how the child must feel to have a stranger come in and direct this personal of rite of passage. (So disrespectful.)
We hire trainers for our dogs perhaps, but not for our small children.
Potty training, manners, character, life skills – all of this should be taught first, and foremost in the home by the parents. (And reinforced elsewhere like church, day care, school, therapy, or whatever.)
Let’s not abdicate our role as parents, even when it’s inconvenient or hard.
Q for you: Come on parents, tell me you’re with me on this one. Would you ever hire someone to potty train your kids if money weren’t an issue?
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