>Tanya expressed her ideas about toilet training.  I think she meant well, but it came out a bit snarky, anyway.  In Russia, she explained, a mother’s first job is to toilet train her child.  She said it was very important, especially since blankets and sheets had to be washed.  Pampers changed all that she lamented, since it is so easy to let them go.  She even asked for a potty and to start training. 

Is it just me, or does that sound like a sly way of her saying that I don’t know what I’m doing?  I don’t want to think that way, but I feel it.  My own research tells me that you can “train” but that you will not be accident free until a certain internal milestone is reached.  I don’t think that he’s anywhere near ready and that putting him on the potty will freak him out. He won’t sit for it.

So she wants to try. I don’t care.  I talked to TF about it, he said get the potty, let her do it, and ignore her.  He also said that I should ignore her drama over Tyoma’s crying, because it’s not about me, it’s about Tanya and how she feels.  This maybe true, but I can feel the tension and it makes me feel like a prisoner in my own home.  It’s been less than two weeks and I am ready for her to go back to Moscow.

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