This Mom's Potty Training War Story Is One for the Books

“For those in need of some parenting schadenfreude, here is my gift to you.”
ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
November 7, 2018
mischievous toddler standing by open dryer
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Potty training: It ain’t easy but someone has to do it.

If you’re one of the lucky few with kids who met potty training with a breeze—count your blessings. But if your little one isn’t transitioning to the toilet as well as you would like, take comfort knowing it can’t possibly be as bad of a time as Andrea Chapman is having.

The North Carolina mama took to Facebook to share a truly horrific potty training war story. Finding hilarity in the gross situation, Chapman recounts the details of her son’s fecal fiasco. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty!

“For those in need of some parenting schadenfreude, here is my gift to you: Our dear 3-year-old child—who is sweet and cunning and adorable and obviously under the influence of Satan—is in the process of potty training. Despite our sincerely half-hearted attempts and hopes that he’ll just learn on his own, pooping on the potty remains a mountain that he will not climb,” the mother shares.

Like many parents, Chapman is having a hard time getting her toddler to do his business like a big boy. And his recent cunning antics took their poop problems to a whole new level.

“Today, when we were diligently leaving our children to their own devices, the littlest spawn felt the urge to poop. For reasons yet unknown, he stopped the dryer, which was full of freshly washed and nearly dried clothes, and pulled out a few crisp garments. He pooped on them,” she recounts.

But that wasn’t the end of it. The little boy seemingly wanted to make sure he left his mark everywhere, and the next worst thing that could happen, happened.

“Then, in fulfillment of the evil deeds which were no doubt whispered into his ear by the Lord of Darkness, he put those clothes, along with the turds he had released upon them, back into the dryer. And pressed ‘tumble,’” Chapman tells.

The events which followed can only be described in one way: “hot fecal chaos.” So if your little one didn’t make it to the bathroom yet again, just remember, it could be worse.

The mother wraps up her note with one important reminder for other parents: “Maybe your child is being annoying today. Perhaps they had a tantrum or a bad attitude or burned your house down. But they likely did not put their poop in your dryer. So, my friends, be glad.”

Thinking about taking a leap into the big, scary world of potty training? With a plan and a few best practices in mind, you and your toddler will be able to face it like pros.

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