By: Jennifer Murray

An Epic New Year’s Resolution

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Indeed.  Potty Training in 2010 is our New Year’s Resolution. 

Thanks to Ikea $3.99 Potty Chairs (special delivery via this cool chick).  Ask her how many I had her purchase for me.  I’m too embarrassed to say.

Any volunteers to potty train 4 almost 3 year old boys?  Any takers?  Anyone?  Anyone? Bueller?

Didn’t think so.

Wish us luck.  Better yet, PRAY! =)

41 Responses to “An Epic New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Kate
    January 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    HAHAHAHAHA! We're starting it too. I'll pray for you if you pray for me! And maybe text one another for moral support. I'm gonna guess you'll probably have all 4 of yours potty trained before I've got my ONE trained!!

  2. designHER Momma
    January 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    may the force be with you. I love all those potties, at least their going to be stylin' as they sit on the pot…

  3. Julia
    January 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    um…. good luck?? PT'ing one 2year old was hard enough!!!

  4. Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama
    January 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I have potty trained four boys (but not at the same time) My thoughts and prayers are with you (also crossing my fingers and toes LOL)

  5. Bloggin' Mama
    January 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    I don't envy that at all! I had enough trouble with my second son that I think I'm just going to let our daughter (she's only 15 mo.) potty train herself when she's ready. No pressure at all.

    But, I bet yours all do it quickly once one of them gets it!!

  6. Becky
    January 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    You are hilarious! You can TOTALLY do this. Remember, naked and fluids are the key. Keep us posted.

  7. Heather
    January 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    I think I mentioned once before that as an autobiography book report assignment in junior high, I selected Full House by the mother of quints. She potty trained hers very, very quickly.

    They lined up 5 potties and got out a bag of M&Ms.; If one want, he got a piece of candy. Suddenly, the other 4 wanted M&Ms.;

    I'm not usually one to condone sweets, but potty training is the exception. I am not above bribery and the group aspect you've got going for you may make it even easier.

  8. Christie G
    January 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    I'll do it. I've managed to get my 5 boys potty trained — so I'm not easily scared!

  9. Jenn Brothers-Haler
    January 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    Jackson caught on with doing #1 pretty quickly. His day care told me to just start sending him in underwear even though he wasn't fully potty-trained. We had lots of dirty underwear to wash, but he caught on. And I'm sure once one boy starts, the others will follow.

    And M&MSs; worked wonders w/ us too!

  10. Eight Is Enough
    January 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    I would be happy to help you if you call me!

  11. Abby
    January 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Good Luck! I have one boy to potty train, he turns 3 in April…I will be looking here for tips and inspiration. 🙂

  12. King Quads
    January 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Yeah…good luck with that my sister!

    Let me know when you've got it mastered and you can come for a visit to the King house 🙂

  13. Kara
    January 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    This is gonna be interesting! Can't wait to see how it turns out!I will admit it will be nicer than changing 4-8 diapers!!

  14. mh
    January 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    I spent 40 minutes in the bathroom last night while my 2-year old finished a bowel movement. Keep some good books and magazines in the bathroom for yourself! I have gotten good at playing brickbreaker on my blackberry (DD could sit there and look at her stickers forever if i let her)

  15. JCF
    January 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Good luck!

    My resolution is to potty train my two year old as well. Come July, I'll have a newborn, an 18 month old, and a 33 month old. Someone has to get kicked out of diapers…

  16. Elizabeth @ TexasEbeth
    January 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Good Luck! M&Ms; didn't work for my kid. He didn't like the little potty chair either & we tried lots of different ones. We ended up w/a potty seat over the regular toilet seat. Still have pooping issues though. It's a battle of wills at this point – he's almost 5. Just remember you are not the person in control and to laugh a lot! 😉

  17. BreezieGirl
    January 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Good luck! I've seen a lot of mentions about M&Ms; and I'm sure they work wonders, but I have another idea for you. The family I nanny for (b/g twins) used the mini chocolate chips for #1 and regular chips for #2. They were great (especially for the boy) and are definitely more cost-effective than M&Ms;.

  18. Ivy
    January 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Wow! Good luck on that resolution:) What a funny picture!

  19. Danielle
    January 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    Love the IKEA potties! We bought six and I only have one 3 yr old. I can't imagine how many you needed! We needed a set upstairs and down, one for each car and some for Grandma's! They are especially nice for boys because they're nice and tall in the front.

  20. Colleen
    January 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    Buy stock in M & M s—I don't flipping envy you- I have zero patience for potty training, and I honestly think it is the WORST part of parenting, BY FAR!!!!!!!!!!

    I am praying for you!

  21. Kim
    January 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Thought I was going crazy when potty training twins! Loads of prayers for you…mostly for patience! Good luck and keep us posted!!!

  22. moosh in indy.
    January 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    Was it 8? Or 12?
    Either way, may the force of tiny pee streams into tiny pottys be with you.

  23. Stephanie
    January 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    I was lucky with Landon..he caught on at school and was pt'ed by 2. I dont know how they did it, but I LOVE them for it! lol

    Atleast they have a support system!
    My friend used teddy grahams instead of M&Ms..hey;, there are some thing worth bribing for!! 🙂

  24. Jenny B
    January 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    my friend….we are SO on the same wave length….I had planned to start pt'ing this week too! Now the kiddos are sick so we will wait til that cloud has passed before we start. So hopefully next week! I will be praying for you for sure! I'm sure i'll call/text to check in and or vent:)
    love you!
    jb

  25. Angie @ Just Like The Number
    January 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    We have the same epic resolution! Must get potty trained by August so he can move up to the next (cheaper!) level of preschool! We'd actually already started, but then he randomly developed a fear of the potty. So we're taking a break for a while. Hope all goes well for you!

  26. Mama Llama
    January 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    please, please, check out my post on potty training before you start
    http://littlellamas.blogspot.com/2009/08/potty-training-101.html

    The key is that is HAS to be TRAINING, not just TRYING. Go for it all the way, and NO turning back. Potty training is harder on the parents and the problems come when the PARENTS slack off and go back to diapers/pull ups.

    I don't know what it will be like training 4, but I have had great success with potty training 2 kiddos (not at the same time) and "consulted" (I use that loosely) about a dozen friends. I can only imagine that the x4 training would result in positive peer pressure.

    Good luck! e-mail me with any questions if you decide to do the 1 day intensive training method.

  27. Anonymous
    January 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    I used the Three Day Potty Training Method and it works. I swear by it. My husband called it boot camp and swears he will leave me to train our baby when it is time. You put the child in charge. My child loved this! We had a big breakfast, threw all the diapers away (outside) and she dressed in her undies and a top. I pumped her full of fluids and asked her every five to seven mintues to tell me when she had to potty. I did not ask. I let her tell me. Once she started to potty I quickly grabbed her and ran to the bathroom and explained that she needed to potty in the toilet. One more accident about 30 mins later and she got it. I continued to ask her to tell me when she had to go all day and the following day I asked her to tell me every 15 minutes. By the third day I felt confident to leave the house. I really, really believe letting the child take control is what works. Makes them feel big. Good Luck!!!!

  28. Cheryl Lage
    January 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Prayers and patience (the REAL "trick" to potty training multiples!) to you. Sweet Sister!

    You'll have blog fodder a PLENTY! 😉

    All the best!

  29. Laura
    January 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    Our son would not tell us he had to go unless he was running around the house naked, of which I don't agree with especially with little girls in the house. So we bought him boxers, yes size 2T and he did excellent! He now has no problem with briefs, but that's a tip that made life much easier. Also, potty training when they can "go" outside makes it kind of fun for them, maybe a little embarassing for you. 🙂

  30. Lani
    January 4, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    ahh, that photo is priceless:) Good luck!

  31. Following HIM
    January 4, 2010 at 3:03 am #

    Oh my goodness…let the force be with you. Wishing you luck on this new adventure! Hope the boys and you both survive 😉
    ~Elyse

  32. Leah
    January 4, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Sigh. You are a not alone. I, however, only have 1 little boy to potty train…and so far, not so good. Please share any tricks you might learn! And I'll do the same!

  33. Anonymous
    January 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    You will do this with style, grace and a huge smile like everything else you do with your four guys.
    Wishing you a quick potty training experience..since 4 short will more than make up for 1 longgggg training time!

  34. Julie
    January 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    My dear husband is my potty training HERO! He trained our 2.75 year old triplets by himself and was successful! There is something to using their natural "if he/she is doing it, I have to also" trait! They were also allowed to wash their hands without help for the first time – BIG incentive! (We did use mini-marshmallows too.)
    Best of luck to you!
    Julie
    P.S. The funny thing (after the fact, of course) is that I had been VERY clear about how terrified I was to train them and did NOT want to start until they were over three (the triplets are 2 boys and one girl.) WELL, I left for most of the day, and when I came home, they were all in UNDERWEAR. I was mad!!! I forgave him though, pretty darn quickly when I wasn't changing diapers constantly. :O)

  35. AmazingGreis
    January 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Good luck, though I'm sure you won't need it. I'm sure you'll do an amazing job!!!!

    XOXO

  36. Candace
    January 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    My son potty trained within 2 weeks over the summer. He turns 4 years old in May. The trick for us was waiting till he was 100% ready. He actually came to us and told he was ready to use the potty. Dont force, dont punish or it will take longer. We used sticker charts(our son loves stickers) and suckers(he does not get junk food so this was indeed a treat!). Good luck! I actually loved potty training because my son did himself….mister independent he is!

  37. Melissa
    January 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    I have triplets and then a son that is 13 months younger. My triplets are 2 girls and a boy. The boys are by far the hardest so I feel for you! Good luck!

  38. Suz
    January 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    My guess is 10. Gotta have 1 for the kitchen & 1 for the playroom!

  39. Kid Vs. Produce
    January 6, 2010 at 12:33 am #

    Happy New Year, my sweet friends!

  40. Erin
    January 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    having potty~trained 3 boys and working on a 4th.. i let them stay half naked…shirt, underwear, and babylegs~ to make it easier in the beginning. i would put the potties in the den and every 30min or so i would tell them to go potty…i think asking them if they have to go dosen't work until they are further in their training. and i also take a potty with us when we leave the house so they can go before or after the store or whatever. now, i haven't done quads but i have potty trained 4 boys!! prayer and hugs from ga~erin

  41. Ross Family
    January 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    Love the potty chairs! Looked up the store and wish they had one closer to me since you can't but online! What a great price! Just out of curiosity, do they stack? I need a few more chairs for my kids and am looking hard! Let me know how they work for you guys. We are starting soon too! Best of luck!

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