Every. Single. Night.

In CategoryNavel Gazing

Every night before bed, I have this conversation with my daughter:

“Go pee.”


“Try anyway.”


“Just try for a minute.”


“Just sit there for a minute and make sure”



Five minutes later ~

“Mom? I need to go pee.”


9 Responses to “Every. Single. Night.”

  1. Kristy Says:

    As the analyst, Mike, would say, you are rewarding her by engaging in that conversation every night. If you really don’t like it and want to stop, then here’s what you do: When you get to the part where you typically say “Go pee,” say it one time. If she responds “I don’t have to” then say okay and finish tucking her in. 5 minutes later when she says “I need to go pee” just say “ok, go.” Maybe by stopping the back and forth by not giving her the extra attention, you will take the fun out of it for her and she will stop.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..Extreme Night Owl

  2. Kristy Says:

    Because, you know, I am a parenting expert now.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..Extreme Night Owl

  3. Sarah Says:

    did you ever hear the robert munsch recording of “i have to go pee?” very similar, but very funny. he’s a great story teller.
    Sarah´s last blog post ..wordless wednesday

  4. Happy Elf Mom Says:

    I’d say if you go potty after being tucked in any time before midnight, it’s an extra 5 minutes’ early bedtime per infraction. Honestly I have gotten to the point where I had to do things like that because so many people share a room and it REALLY THROWS ME OFF to have everyone wake up etc. I get “emergencies” (and I can cut slack for that, I’m not a huge meanie) but daggone it every night just chaps my hide.
    Happy Elf Mom´s last blog post ..You Cannot Walk Away.

  5. Sarah Says:

    when my son was little he would say “i can’t sleep.” and i would say “well, go back to bed and if you are still awake in the morning, we can talk about it then. but if you come out again, you will be punished.” i’m a meanie too.
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  6. Deb Says:

    “if you are still awake in the morning, we can talk about it then”


  7. Jessica Says:

    Sarah’s comment is hilarious, I may have to use that one soon!

    I have to fight with my son on occasion to go pee, mostly because I don’t want to deal with wet undies and sheets in the morning. His problem is that he sleeps too deeply to wake up. And he’s been potty trained for less than a year.
    Jessica´s last blog post ..17 Weeks

  8. Melanie Says:

    My kids are so old that I can’t remember the last time I had to remind them to pee. There you go – now you have something to look forward to.
    Melanie´s last blog post ..Parenting Advice (or) Kiss Me, I’m Obnoxious!

  9. Deb Says:

    The flip side of this story is that when they DO need to pee, they race dramatically toward the bathroom hollering, “I have to PEEEEEEE!” at the top of their lungs. I am trying to break this habit as well, mostly by yelling after them, “STOP ANNOUNCING THAT!”