It's All About the Potty

I have been known to take the stance of "ignore it and maybe it will fix itself." For some reason, I feel like this has worked, but the two instances that come to mind where I applied this technique did not turn out as planned. Those would be when the dishwasher started retaining water with each cycle and when we potty trained.

Or rather, when we didn't potty train. I kept hoping some magical spell would occur overnight and poof our 3 year old would suddenly be diaper free. It didn't happen that way. In fact, it took our wonderful and kind preschool teacher giving a gentle nudge during parent teacher conferences to finally go cold turkey on the nappies.

As you well know we parents spend a lot of time dealing with poopy in one way or another.  Without being crass, I feel like we all share common memories of our children's poopy life. There's the one that squirts all the way across the room when they're infants. There's the one that blows out the leg of the diaper. This is how it goes. And it's so important that our kids are able to comfortably and effectively poop, especially when they're suddenly sitting on the potty themselves waiting for something to happen. Enter our wonderful friend, fiber.

We know we need to get enough fiber through a variety of healthy foods and supplements. Try explaining that to a 3 year old who only wants to eat foods that are white to beige in hue. One day it may be all you can do to serve up a popsicle and call it a fruit. We do the best we can. Right?

I do have two suggestions for kid-friendly healthy fiber: crispy kale chips and fiber gummies.

Crispy Kale Chips

  • Rinse a head of curly kale.
  • Remove the leaves from the stalk and tear them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet and blot dry with paper towel or clean tea towel.
  • Douse with olive oil and mix to coat with your hands. (Moisturizing!)
  • Sprinkle liberally with kosher or sea salt.
  • Pop in a 350 degree oven for 15-25 minutes.
  • Stir around a bit, turn the oven off and leave in the oven for an additional 20-60 minutes (this extra time crisps it up even more, but keeps it from over cooking).

The ideal is crisp, deep jade green, extremely munchable chips. My daughter loves theseā€¦ on some days. You know how it is. But, she's always ready for a gummy.

I'm happy to say we've successfully left the diapers behind us and have made friends with the potty. And we did get the dishwasher fixed, but it took a while.

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You hit the nail on the head! It IS all about the potty.
My four year old and I have been going through a tough time with an, until now, unknown to me... registered nurse of over 23 years and mother of 4 grandmother of 5...condition called "Encopresis."
Because I thought i was well educated and well experienced, and found this condition to be such a struggle not only for my four year old but for myself as well, i felt compelled to attempt to aide in the education of other parents and toddlers.
Using the techniques that seem to have helped us the most, I have written a childrens book. to be used by parents who are facing this very serious obsticle to poopie potty training.
I of course have no idea what to do to get this book out there to parents and toddlers in need of help.
If you or any of your readers are interested in looking at what I have or if you have information that would assist me in finding a publisher, please respond.
I enjoyed your article, and it helps to know that we are not alone in our struggles.

Sherry McMahan or

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