Sarah Silverman Was a Bedwetter and Look at Her Now

Suzanne Murray

the bedwetter
The Bedwetter; Barnes and Noble
Potty training, picky eaters, tantrums. All these things cause toddler moms great consternation now, but someday they'll be fodder for a good laugh -- or even a career.

Case in point: Bedwetting got comedienne Sarah Silverman where she is today. It's true. She even wrote a book about it called The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee.

Sarah, it seems, was a bedwetter during her childhood (through her teenage years), and it kind of did a number on her self-esteem. But she had an "a-ha moment" one night when watching The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. An actress was talking to Johnny about her own battle with bedwetting, and Silverman suddenly realized that she could take ownership of her embarrassments and use them to her advantage.

In the book she writes, "My early trauma was a gift, it turned out, in a vocation where your best headspace is feeling that you have nothing to lose."

So take heart, moms. When you're in the thick of the toddler years and feel like ripping your hair out of your head, take a deep breath and look at the humor in the situation, whatever it is -- poop all over the walls, your favorite vase broken on the floor, your newly painted dog -- and laugh. Sometimes it's the only thing you can do.

And you never know, your toddler might grow up to have a very lucrative career making others laugh at the very things that made you crazy.

What has your toddler done lately that had you crying and laughing at the same time?

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