Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bored to Death

I am having a major realization this morning that Julia really, really needs to go to preschool in the fall. (Not to mention, I need her to go to preschool in the fall.) She is so bored. Maybe that's part of why she has so many meltdowns these days. She is so bored at home all day. (We do go to toddler class once a week during the school year, playgroup every other week, and other errands, playdates, storytime, etc., but that still leaves many, many days when we are just in our own house, especially when you factor in the complications of Genevieve's nap schedule and general needs--it's just not get-up-and-go-at-just-about-any-moment anymore, now that there's a second baby in the equation--,our lack of a car some days, and the fact that there is no park/playground within walking distance of our house. Also, it's very hard to take a young baby to the playground. They get tired of sitting in the stroller, you can't carry them around the whole time--oof!--, they won't wear sunglasses but the sun in their pale eyes makes them cry, the ground is too wet, cold, weird, whatever, to be comfortable for them to sit on, yet they're not walking yet....etc.)

Bottom line is this: POTTY TRAINING MUST! MUST! MUST! HAPPEN SOON. I am totally desperate. Julia continues to actively resist the potty chair--could not care less about it--and I have a feeling that the process, whenever it begins, is not going to be a quick one. So, I'm getting nervous that it won't happen in time for preschool in September. And if she's not potty trained, she can't go. For an entire year. A year during which I will surely go insane. And we will both be miserable.

This is filling me with a very unpleasant sense of dread. She needs something more than toddler class once a week for an hour.

5 comments:

Question said...

You are going to have the most ethical child on the planet. Can she not be bribed? Books, stickers, food, videos, toys, anything?

Shan said...

So far not even the promise of a Zoe doll (a HUGE deal!) or cupcakes has caused more than the most minor of fleeting interest. In the more immediate, stickers didn't work either. I am seriously considering M&Ms, because she never ever gets candy (does not even know what an M&M is), but naturally is ga-ga over the rare sweets she does get (i.e., birthday cake etc.). Now the last thing this child needs is candy, but I am truly desperate! I am going to Target today and I am buying some M&Ms!!!

Heidi said...

Yes, I was just about to suggest M&Ms too. Also, is she really *excited* for preschool, or is it still too far off? In other words, could you use a bit of reasoning w/ her? "In order to go to school, you need to be using the potty." Or is she just not developmentally *there* to grasp that yet?

Shan said...

Oh, she is very excited about preschool. But do you know what she says when we say she has to use the potty before preschool starts, and ask her, "So honey, don't you think it's time to start using the potty chair?" She says, "I WILL use the potty chair, Mama....when I'm a little bit bigger, before preschool!" In other words, she has taken "you need to be potty trained before preschool" to mean something like, THE DAY BEFORE PRESCHOOL, YOU MUST SIT ON THE POTTY CHAIR. Wrong! So wrong! I have tried telling her, "Honey? It IS before preschool. RIGHT NOW it is BEFORE PRESCHOOL." But THAT is what she does not yet get!

Mary Tsao said...

I feel your pain. I would suggest waiting until summer to potty train. It helps when she can wear dresses instead of pants. Also, potty training will be messy and take longer than you ever thought, but it can happen. Good luck!