'Teen Mom' Kailyn Lowry's 3-Year-Old Isn't Potty Trained, But the Earth Is Still Spinning, People

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Kailyn LowryOf all the many mom competitions, the one over potty training is bound to drive you the battiest. Unfortunately Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry just found that out the hard way. The mother of 3-year-old Isaac confessed that she's struggling to get her toddler to use the bathroom outside of her house (and while wearing clothes).

She might as well have held up a bright red flag that said "Sanctimommies, pounce!" On came the critics who called Kail out for not having a 3-year-old completely trained on all things toilet.

Allow me to offer Kail -- and every mom struggling through potty training -- a leg up.

When it comes to potty training, there really is no normal.

If you check the parenting books, most milestones have a pretty small range. The average kid will take their first steps sometime between 9 and 18 months. The first word generally comes between 10 and 14 months. (Note, these are approximations!)

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Potty training, on the other hand? That can take years! According to the experts, kids can still be wetting the bed at night all the way up to 10 years old. Technically, that means a kid could not be fully potty trained up to 10 years old, and it's completely NORMAL!

If you're a mom looking up potty training because you want to know when the horror will just be over, that can be completely frustrating, but if you think about it, it's a blessing in disguise. There's a lot more wiggle room for parents when there is no normal.

Take the potty training going on at Kailyn's house right now. Isaac is having a tough time, she says:

Having a hard time potty training. Isaac will only go on the potty if we're home & he's naked. We obviously can't do that when we're out.

We've all been there, haven't we? Maybe it wasn't a kid who needed to be naked to go potty but a kid who would only pee in a potty but not poop or a kid who loved going potty when they were out but chose to stick to the diaper at home.

This is why potty training is so frustrating, but it's why parents need to go easy on themselves ... and on their kids.

The mom who criticized Kail claims her stepson and daughter were both fully potty trained at 2. Hey, she could be telling the truth, but it doesn't make her a better mom than the reality star. 

Each kid is different. It doesn't mean any of them are weird or that their parents are potty training wrong. It just proves the potty training process is one we need to stop being so darned competitive about.

Trust me.

Sh-t happens eventually.

You just need to trust your instincts as a parent, and your kid will get it!

Ever been in Kailyn's shoes? Mind sharing your potty training story?


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hello... hellokd87

I can understand both sides of the spectrum. My stepson just turned 4 with no slight hope of becoming potty trained anytime soon but apparently his older brother was nearly 5 before he decided he wanted to use the potty. Of course the family's freaking out since everyone else was more or less potty trained before 3, but stepson's doctor says that there's no definite age either. When they're ready they're ready.

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

I worked hard with my son and it still took him until he was 3 and a half years old to get mostly potty trained. it happens. Not all kids learn at the same pace. 

Rachelle Miller

Whos buisness is it anyway to jump on her about this in the first place. Every child is different, my son was potty trained soon after his 3rd birthday and my daughter was potty trained by 2 1/2, Ive met people who have older kids who still have accidents once in a while, its no big deal, back off people and leave her alone!

nonmember avatar cafeguest

My son is 3 1/2 and he is taking his sweet time with potty training. I feel her pain. He will mostly use the potty at school but not so much at home. I use the same potty chart that he has at school (once he completes it he gets a prize)but he just gets lazy despite my constant reminders asking him if he needs to go. I am trying to be patient and as helpful with him as I can. It has just been a sloooow process.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

My youngest was the latest to potty train... though he reached every OTHER milestone earlier. He COULD use the bathroom- he understood the process and knew when he needed to go, he just didn't want to. And it was a messy fight trying to be the grown-up in 'control' of the situation. It wasn't until I finally stepped back and quit pushing him that he decided on his own that he was ready. Then it just happened.

Sometimes in life, there are things that happen when they happen. It doesn't make you less of a parent.

sassy... sassykat122

My son was three and a half before he was day AND night trained. There are sooo many people who think a kid has to be fully trained by age 2. But every kid is very different.

lobus lobus

I truly believe in starting early. Just sit them on the potty before they learn the word "no." My son was potty trained at home by 18 months and now completely out of diapers even at night by 2.5 years. If I had started later I definitely could see it being a struggle. He thinks peeing and pooping is fun and he does it all by himself.

youth... youthfulsoul

And?....perfectly normal.

VaShawn Bradshaw

I have a three-year-old that some days he wants to go and other days he wants nothing to do with it. I also have an eight-year-old that when the stress level in the house is really high starts having accidents again. I do get frustrated but it is his way of feeling like he has control over something. I don't feel like a bad mom. I have just learned to be sensitive to his feelings and try not to let him see when I am stressed out. He will eventually figure out that everybody goes to the bathroom when they need to and it is no big deal.

Katy Khan

My son will be 3 in two mnths and he pees in the potty at home and that's it. I decided to back off for a couple of months and then try again. I'm not concerned at all though, this is a rather unimportant milestone.

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