Hello! My name is Beth Schmaling and I live in BC, Canada, with my husband and four children. I am an avid soccer player and now-minivan-driving soccer mom. During ski season our whole family enjoys the mountain together. I love to laugh with my friends and family.
When I was growing up, I always told my parents, “When I’m big, I’m going to help toddlers use the toilet all on their own.” HA I didn’t actually say that. 🙂 But I am passionate about helping families during these tough and wonderful years of raising children. I have been working with families with sleep and potty training since 2019 and very proud to be a certified “Oh Crap! Potty Training” Consultant. Potty Training is a huge rewarding milestone for young ones (and for their parents)!
My first experience with potty training was with my first son, Elijah. When he was only a year old, I had read on a blog somewhere that, back in my parents’ day and age, babies used to be potty trained by age one or one-and-a-half. “Ooh, I’ll do that,” I thought.
I attempted what the never-misleading internet advised. In this case, to simply put my child on the potty and start a sticker chart – and we went nowhere, fast. Well, not nowhere. Our whole family felt like we were careening downhill, frustrated at our child as much as at ourselves.
A whole year later, we were introduced to a 3-day-potty training method, and though it did not fulfill its end of the bargain (promising being done in 3-days), we eventually found some success for Elijah, even if it was a one-year experience. Talk about a long road.
Our second boy and third boy were potty-trained before they were three, using the same method as our first.
Jamie Glowacki’s book, “Oh Crap! Potty Training – Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do it Once and Do It Right,” was our final stab at potty training. Our youngest daughter is a tough cookie – fierce and strong-willed – but even so, the thorough guidance we received was what we needed to help our two-and-a-half-year-old girl be successful in just over a month.
As a mother of four children. I have witnessed all of my babies’ and toddlers’ milestones up close and (sometimes-too)-personal. I’ve been peed on and pooped on. I’ve caught vomit in my hands, been sneezed on my entire face, and I’ve rushed a toddler to the hospital for a pea he stuck up his nose (actually, twice – once was a blueberry…same kid). Whatever you’re experiencing, it’s likely I’ve been there, too!