II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A real crappy post

Today, as I was out mowing the yard (a.k.a. acre) I see Grant come running out to me with nothing but a towel wrapped around his little white bottom. I stop the mower and he screams "MOM! WILL YOU COME WIPE MY BUTT?"
Are you kidding me? Get off the mower while I'm dripping in sweat, covered in a zillion peices of dirt and grass and walk into the house so I can wipe someone ELSE's butt? No thanks.
Does anyone have any suggestions for getting a 4-year-old to learn how to wipe his OWN butt?
Remember that movie Big Daddy with Adam Sandler? The little boy says "I can wipe my own a$$" throughout the whole movie. I never realized what a BIG deal that was until this past year.
At first he would attempt to wipe his own butt...but he'd use an entire (and I am NOT exaggerating) roll of toilet paper to do it and then end up clogging the toilet. We are on a septic system out here...so that is a BIG no-no! Then we tried teaching him to only use a little bit of toilet paper but then he'd come out of the bathroom with crap smeared up to the middle of his back and all over his hands. Ugh! We actually went back and forth between those 2 extremes for a couple of weeks until finally we said he wasn't allowed to wipe his own butt anymore.
Of course that's not fair to him because everytime he asks us to come wipe his butt, we get mad at him and call him a "baby". I know, I know...that is SO wrong on SO many different levels...but hey---you come over and try it and see what nasty things don't escape from your mouth!
Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions for this, I would love to hear them. In just 15 days, he will be starting Pre-K at the big elementary school. I really don't want to have to come up to the school to wipe his butt every day!


Slice of life said...

Wet wipes! Or moist toilet tissue. Wet wipes are amazing! I use them to clean grubby hand marks and scuff marks on painted walls and they work a charm.

Kandoo might encourage him

Jodi said...

We are going through the same thing. Logan is getting the hang of it slowly but surely. We do use the Kandoo flushable wipes, which makes it so much easier. Of course they don't have those at school. :( Logan & I actually had a conversation about this yesterday. He wanted me to wipe him and I said, "What is going to happen when you are at school and need wiped if you can't do it yourself?" He said, "I'll call you to come wipe me." LOL Just know we're right there with you.

Teresa said...

You are too funny...and quite descriptive too! LOL!! Try a bribe when all else fails! LOL! M&M's work like a charm! :)

Simmons Girlz said...

Please whatever you do, do not feel alone. Miss Lauren ask me all the time to wipe. I finally started telling her to at least try, and then I will come and check. She has been doing a lot better, and by her doing it and me checking, she is figuring out how much paper to use.
But she still asks daily...
I think they just eventually get it! At least I hope!!

Teresa said...

Today I had my neighbor kids out with me and I had to wipe the 5 year old girl's butt. It's not fair that I am still wiping butts when my kids wipe their own! I look forward to the day when the only butt I wipe...is MY OWN!!

by Sheri said...

I don't have children yet and every once in awhile when one of my nieces or nephews yell from the bathroom for a butt wipe, I think to myself, "Did anyone else hear that? Anybody at all?" Because I love them, I do it, but it is a rarity. I can only imagine how many times you have to do it. Good Luck!