What A Bunch Of Potty Mouths

| USA | Learning | May 8, 2017

(I teach preschool full-time, and volunteer for a cat rescue in my free time. Today I am subbing for a teacher in the three-year-old class. The teacher has let me know that a newer student is on the tail-end of potty-training and is still in a pull-up diaper, which will need to be changed at four pm. Four pm rolls around, and I have no co-teacher to leave the other kids with, so I decide to take them with me to the bathrooms so I can change this boys pull-up.)

Me: “Okay, friends. Please line up.”

Child #1: “Why? What are we doing?”

Me: “We’re going down to the bathr—”

Child #1: “I don’t have to go potty!”

Child #2: “I don’t need to use the potty!”

(I have to raise my voice to be heard over the cacophony of nine little kids.)

Me: “You don’t have to go, but you need to go with us. You can stand in the hall outside the bathroom.”

Child #3: “Why do I need to stand in the hall?”

Child #4: “I don’t want to stand in the hall!”

Child #5: “I don’t need to go potty!”

(As we are walking to the bathrooms, I pass a coworker, who laughs at my little class of complainers.)

Coworker: “Just like herding cats.”

Me: “I prefer the cats! None of them ever says, ‘I don’t NEED to use the litter box! I don’t WANT to use the litter box!’”

(All told, they spent less than a minute in the hallway, complaining about having to stand there. Good grief.)

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