Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Boot camp

I did some nice running last week.  Nothing impressive by my past standards but I got out there and it felt pretty nice.  One of those runs was 4.6 miles which would be my furthest thus far.  I think I could easily do a 10k at this point and I'm satisfied with that.  I'm making progress.

Yesterday morning I woke up at 4:45 and attended my first ever Bootcamp.  The difference between endurance and strength was made abundantly clear after this workout.  It wasn't the worst sweat I had ever worked up, and my breathing wasn't labored, but at the end my extremities felt like Jello and I couldn't hold a plank for even 5 seconds.  And sit ups?  Took me for-ev-er to do just 10!  But I did just have a baby so that wasn't surprising.  Today, me and the stick are spending some time together.  But on a scale of 1-10, 10 being marathon sore, I'm only a 5.

Camp Gladiator was running a special to get new people to try it out.  I got 1 month for only $4.  I think it's regularly $60 a month so bye bye bootcamp once this offer expires.  I like it, but that price just isn't in the budget.

Parent Fail

So you know those issues with my daughter and having potty accidents all the time?  Well it comes and goes, almost in phases.  It's just been in the past few weeks that it started happening at school and it is really frustrating me.  I hate those parenting moments when you're at a complete loss for how to fix something.  I finally took to the internet to find some answers.  Why does she keep doing this?  What can I do to fix it?  What have I been doing wrong already?

There were a couple of plausible reasons for why this is happening.      We've definitely had some major changes to our lives (moving, new baby, traveling dad) that could be causing some emotional issues that lead to accidents.  Also, she had some hard and painful bowl movements when she was younger that might be the reason that she holds it until it's too late now.  Since she doesn't wet the bed, I think her issues have to be psychological rather than medical.

What is the one thing that every website said NOT to do in response to accidents?  Don't punish them.  Which is exactly what I've done at least 70% of the time.  Her attitude toward her accidents was one of complete apathy.  She even told me "The school said you need to start putting extra clothes in my backpack." like it was no big deal.  Just like telling me I need to pack her lunch or sign her folder.  So I punished her.  I didn't know how else to make her realize that peeing your pants, especially at school, is not ok.

Now that I see that I've probably made the problem worse, I have to come up with a new game plan.  I need to take a good look at her diet, and make sure that she's using the potty regularly whether she needs to or not.  I also need to put a good routine into place and make sure that routine stays in place whether Brad is here or not.  When he is here, I tend to get really lazy, letting him pick up my slack.  That's when routines, like after school quiet and homework time, go straight out the window.

I'm also still figuring out my strategies for keeping track of all the school related stuff that is coming into the house.  When she has homework, that means I have homework, and with a baby and a needy three year old things can get chaotic.  I need to oil this rapidly rusting machine.

-Hugh Jass


  1. I used to punish them for accidents too. Really it only led to peeing in my bed instead of theirs. smartass kids.

  2. Rountine is key. I have to do it with Jex (potty breaks) or he will pee in his pants daily. I am susprised they dont make her try to go at school, Esp, since there have been accidents and and it is Kindergarden...you might request that they make her try to go x number of times a day.

  3. It's so hard not to get mad...but I have read the same thing...I hope the new tactics work as that sounds super frustrating!

    My friend did that groupon deal for gladiator and she loved it.

  4. wow, that sounds like a deal u couldn't pass up for that bootcamp, good luck on that one! :)

    sorry to hear about the potty training slip-ups, but i think u're doing the right thing and at least looking into all possible reasons for it. sometimes kids get stressed and this happens and then the problem disappears just as fast. do wat u can to try and fix it (pack extra clothes, forced bathroom breaks) but don't blame urselves either. not a parent fail!