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Cheeky Mama: Potty-training ... It takes a village

Little did I know my daughter could make it through nap time with a dry pull-up.  

Little did I know my daughter is able to make it through the entire night with a dry pull-up.

Now, I do have to add that she isn’t consistent just yet.

If readers remember, we had an epic fail at the first potty-training attempt. It’s challenging for Hannah Jo, and mama and daddy, too. Giving her time to process her body’s digestive system, we finally graduated from diapers to undies during the day, only needing pull-ups at nap and night times.  

Why didn’t I know sooner?

The reason I had no idea she could do these impressive tasks is because I did not teach her.

Nope. Her dry pull-ups are all thanks to her village.  

Her sitter, Tracy, has been diligent in her nap time routine and has rewarded her when she has been successful. I had an inkling that something was up since I haven’t had to buy pull-ups in a while. About a week ago, Tracy said that Hannah Jo hadn’t had an accident within the week.  

I sang praises to Tracy, and of course Hannah Jo, too! Can I get an amen?

Hannah Jo had another teacher for her nighttime routine. The hubby and I left for a five-day trip, and when we returned, my daughter had been spoiled rotten. Every chance she gets, Grandma Hirst spoils her. This time, however, it was overboard. Hannah Jo had new outfits, new dresses, Paw Patrol stuffed animals and sweets galore.  

Upon returning from our much-needed holiday, Grandma had some questions to answer.

First, why did Hannah Jo have so much new stuff, and secondly how did she earn it? Grandma went on to explain the awesome circumstances. The extreme indulgence came about by bribery.

You see, she would bribe her to stay dry all night. Grandma also explained how fantastic it is that big girls use the toilet during the night when they have to go potty. In a 3-year-old’s mind, a dry pull-up equals stuff and sweets. Grandma is a genius!  

I am so proud of my daughter. I am so grateful for Tracy and Grandma Hirst. Hannah Jo is lucky to have such a support system. Evidently, as she is growing up, she realizes who loves her.

Little did I know the relief I’d feel!

Best of all, I know that this is just another example of how wonderful her village has become.

• Becca Hirst is a proud DeKalb resident who writes about her life as a working mother. She hopes to bring more enjoyment to and less shaming and judging of herself and other mothers. Reach her at

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