The other night before graduation, we all went to dinner and before we left, Karen told her 18 year old son (the graduate) to go the the bathroom before he left because they will be on the field for a couple hours. She told him multiple times. I noticed it because who tells anyone over the age of 7 to go to the bathroom before you leave the house? Isn't that a rule of toddler potty training? This lesson is easily learned the first time you go to a movie and miss the most important part because you did not go before you left. As we got up from dinner, Karen's husband told his almost 30 year-old son that he should go to the bathroom before we leave the restaurant. His grown son gave him the look while we all went to the bathroom and he went to the car. I made a joke about how you never stop telling your kids to go to the bathroom and pretty much thought my sister has lost her mind.
What is going on? Is potty training a life long thing? I have no memory of anyone telling me to go to the bathroom before I go anywhere or before anything starts since I learned how to go to the bathroom. I remember our Nana telling us before long car rides to go to the bathroom because it would be 2 hours until we stopped. That life lesson stuck with me. How much life do you have to live before you just know to go to the bathroom because you might not be near a bathroom in the near future? What if your parent (or a hundred parents) are not there to tell you? Do parents just suffer from chronic potty training or do I need to worry that my nieces and nephews are all wetting their pants at college?
(note: I made this card to send my nieces and nephews just in case.)
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