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Doody Duty

>> Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Potty training is the pits. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s worse for Monkey Boy or for us adults.

Monkey Boy is 7 now, so it’s definitely time. Autism makes things like this a bit harder to tackle, but tackle it we must. He’s finally showing that he has the readiness skills needed to make this work. So what’s the problem? He’s also got the stubbornness to not want to have to deal with this underwear nonsense!

In his defense, Monkey Boy has been doing a good job with potty training—when he wants to. He knows what to do. I think he’s partially put out with us for disrupting his regular routine and partially bored with the whole repetitive “let’s go to the potty” sing-song. Twelve hours a day of someone dragging me to the throne? Yeah, I guess I’d be put out, too. Fair enough.

From an adult perspective, however, it’s a whole different ballgame. I see a little guy that’s miserable being wet and dirty, but often fights going to the bathroom in a manner much like a cat trying to avoid water. When it takes two or more grown adults to get fifty pounds of pure muscle in Spider-Man underwear to the potty, you know you have your work cut out for you.

Yup, that’s doody duty. It’s dirty work, but someone’s gotta do it.



Shelley Ledfors June 15, 2011 at 8:46 AM  

If there was a prize for the most clever D post title this week, I think you'd win, hands down! I like the way you deal with your challenges with humor.

Kristi Peifer June 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

Thanks, Shelley! You made my day.

Joanne Sher June 17, 2011 at 8:45 AM  

hehe - also love your sense of humor, Kristi. ALWAYS. NOT fun. The post - yes fun.

Niki Turner June 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM  

Shew! That IS hard work, no matter what the age. And yes, I have to agree, someone hauling me off to the toilet all day long would be enough to get my hackles up about it, too! : )

Laury June 17, 2011 at 5:48 PM  

He will get it, eventually. NO worries! Every potty training is a challenge, yours more so but it sounds as if you're up to it!

Such a variety of D words this week - amazing! Truly! :)

Diana Dart June 18, 2011 at 9:55 PM  

Doody Duty does a boy (or girl) in... for sure. I feel for you all :)

Barbara Lynn Culler June 18, 2011 at 10:03 PM  

You sure have your hands full!

Rita Garcia June 19, 2011 at 12:15 PM  

Creative "D" post! All in good time, he'll get it! Hugs!

Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor June 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM  

I hope and pray he just wakes up one day "soon" and decides he's ready. I have a special needs child too. She doesn't have autism, but other things. I do understand.

Patty Wysong June 27, 2011 at 1:46 PM  

Boy, Doody Duty makes for some patience lessons, doesn't it?

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