There is only one developmental stage that I dread…potty training. I wish there was a potty training academy. A school where we could drop off our potty trainer for the day and by the time you picked them up…whala!, they were potty trained. There is WAY too much self exploration for me during this time. They are so impressed with the function of their body parts and bowels. The good news is that every child does eventually graduate. Potty training is like crawling, learning to walk, and expressing language. Every child is not ready to train at the same time. It is so important to watch for the signs of readiness before starting the process of training. For all you new parents, ignore the shocked gasp from do gooder friends who are amazed that your 2 and a half year old is STILL not potty trained. Of course they will go into long renditions about how their child was potty trained at 12 months. (Im rolling my eyes). Honestly I too have felt the PTCT pressure. (potty training completion time) Lucky for me I have had 5 times to realize that there is no difference in intellectual advancement between my child who potty trained herself at 18 months or my turtle trainer who did not get his potty degree until 3. Once we realized our child was ready, we set out to find what bribing tool worked best. Some liked dancing cheerios, one liked it when we placed blue die in the potty and it magically turned green when they went pee. The favorite still has to be stickers along with family applause and celebration. None of them liked the potty corner, but it did serve its purpose for those “I know I should go potty in the toilet but I don’t feel like it right this minute” moments.
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Eureka Springs nature preserve. #floridahikes #naturelovers #familytime
"For there is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it." Blown away. #thisgirlrighthere #amandagorman #thehillweclimb #inauguration #poet
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Deroot the religious spirit from our country. Bind up and destroy the spirit of white supremacy. Holy Spirit breath into the dry bones and raise them up for such a time as this. “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life." Peel off the coverings over our eyes. Let us see, hear and respond like you God. Let the world know we are Yours by our actions. Let the true image bearers shine light in every corner of this country. Bring down the prideful. Raise up the humble. We have heard what our ancestors say about you. Do among us as you did among them. I plead the blood of Jesus over every idol upheld by the American church. Let your fire fall from the heavens and cast them down. Enough of their dominance among your people. They are no longer welcome here in Jesus name. Cast their earthy thrones down God. Let the heavens open, shake the earths foundation, until your church puts away their earthly agendas and looks back to you. Do whatever it takes. Amen #prayer
If you don't understand yourself, your motives, what you believe and why -You will not understand someone else. #selfawareness #whydoyoubelievewhatyoubelieve #knowthyself