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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 May this year when Kristen Bell spoke about toilet training and confessed that despite early success with her first-born, her second-born daughter, Delta was still in nappies at age five.
Now the 39-year-old Good Place star and her 45-year-old husband, Dax Shephard, a star in Parenthood are addressing the parent-shaming that followed and sharing the secret that got Delta out of nappies when she was finally ready.
Kristen Bell says parenting each of her daughters has been a completely different journey.
It was in May when chatting with fellow mums, Maya Rudolph and Casey Wilson during a Wednesday episode of her show Momsplaining With Kristen Bell that the topic came up.
The Frozen 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 was still in nappies.
“Every kid is so different,” said Kristen at the time.
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.'”
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.
Following the outrage that followed her confession, Kristen clarified via Twitter that her daughter didn’t wear nappies during the day, only at nighttime, because “her tiny bladder isn’t up for the 10 hr challenge yet.”
Kristen Bell and Dax Sheppard share two daughters, 7-year-old Lincoln and five-year-old Delta.
Now she and Dax have spoken to Today’s Parent about how they have managed to overcome that hurdle with their youngest daughter. But first Kristen addressed the furore around Delta’s late start to the game.
“Sometimes it takes kids until they’re even older than five! But I’ve never met a high-schooler who pees their pants all day. It’s going to stop at some point.”
After the easy road with Lincoln, the pair have admitted that a different route was needed to help Delta transition throughout the night.
“You know what we have to do?’ the actress told Today’s Parent on Monday. “We wake her up at about 11 p.m. when she’s, like, a zombie and put her on the toilet.”
Dax chimed in, “Yeah, we put a wet spaghetti noodle on the toilet once a night.”
The Golden Globe-nominated actress also revealed that some people had been mum-shaming her online for not forcing her daughter out of nappies sooner.
“The Twitterverse was kind of mum-shaming me, which I’m not interested in,’ she said.
“So I kept responding with the same thing: “Every child is different,” which they are. And yes, I have a five-and-a-half-year-old who still sometimes wets the bed and that’s OK!” she concluded.
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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:
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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