You can read all the parenting books you want, but the simple fact is that your child is going to teach you how to parent them better than anyone else could.
And that’s never been demonstrated more clearly than in the anecdote about toilet training that Kristen Bell has shared while chatting with fellow mums, Maya Rudolph and Casey Wilson during a Wednesday episode of her show Momsplaining With Kristen Bell.
The Good Place star revealed that all of her smugness about getting eldest daughter, Lincoln out of nappies by 21 months was quickly shattered by the fact that her second daughter, five-year-old Delta is still in nappies!
And she’s totally fine with it.
Kristen Bell says parenting each of her daughters has been a completely different journey.
“Every kid is so different,” said Kristen, who shares her two darling daughters with husband, fellow actor Dax Sheppard.
She joked that she and Dax had been totally smug about their early success with Lincoln.
“My oldest daughter at 21 months, we merely suggested that she use the toilet in the other room and [she] never wore another diaper beyond that,” said the 39-year-old Frozen star.
“We were lying in bed giggling about this, my husband and I, like, ‘Why does everyone make a big deal out of this potty training? It’s so easy. Just tell the kid to use the toilet.'”
Kristen Bell and Dax Sheppard share two daughters, 7-year-old Lincoln and five-year-old Delta.
But that parenting glory has a way of quickly coming undone as the parenting pair learned the second time around.
“Currently, my youngest is five-and-a-half, still in diapers,” Kristen confessed.
Kristen Bell and husband, Dax Sheppard share two daughters.
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While speaking with Ellen, the Veronica Mars star revealed: “I gave up.”
“I attempted to give her some math problems and she answered the first and second one, and then she got real sassy and what she did for the rest of them was in the answer grid she just wrote, No, No, No, No [to each question]”
Homeschooling isn’t any easier for celebs than the rest of us!
When it comes to toilet training, Kristen is right, it’s not guaranteed to be an easy journey and in some cases can be quite tricky.
Keep an eye out for these signs your child may be ready for toilet training:
- They show an interest when you use the bathroom
- They are aware of the fact they are about to go
- A wet or dirty nappy annoys them
- They have bowel movements at a similar time each day
You’ll find plenty of tips and tricks here on Bounty Parents to help you along the journey if it’s time to get started at your house.
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