I haven't done it again, have barely run since. When I saw the runners come in on Sunday (this time on the TV), I wasn't gripped by middle-age existential angst that I wasn't doing enough in my life. In fact, by the end of Sunday, I felt that there were certain similarities with running a marathon and looking after three sub-five year old children
Trust your child to take responsibility and give them a little piece of independence that they so desperately crave. Every time my little girl put a sticker on her chart, her whole face lit up with pride. Ignore social pressures and age guidelines, as many wise parents have said before: they'll be ready when they're ready.
'This isn't normal, is it?'
Parents have sparked outrage online after they let their toddler use a potty by their table in the middle of a pub. A woman
Lila is potty training herself; you've heard of baby led weaning? Well this is the toilet version. I'm not sure if this is an actual thing or if I am just breaking out of the muma-society mould here, I'm sure you'll let me know...
Stuck somewhere between nervous proud-as-punch laughter and sleep deprived tears, the words stuck in my throat . This was real, she was mine, ours. We were in charge. And not just of nappy changes and night feeds but of all the very Big Serious Things, love and everything else in between, from here on in.
However, after attempting the potty training twice earlier this year and quickly giving up I am turning this whole article around and using it to say please just wait until your little one is ready; and this is not only true for toilet training but for every milestone we are so eager for them to hit
'It always works and I’ve never had any problems.'
A woman who claims to be the UK’s first “professional potty trainer”, charges parents £2,000 to get their kids out of nappies
Do they really need this life skill?