We’re trying to potty train Bennett.

You’d think by the 4th kid (one of which has Asperger’s) this would be old hat.

You’d be wrong.

Last week, this was my Facebook status:

“I think Bennett’s going to be 10 before he decides to use the toilet.”

Emily, my CWTS partner, posted:

“Quinn too.”

And then I replied:

“Did Quinn rip off the pair of Thomas underpants you put on him and then hide them under the bed when you weren’t looking so you couldn’t possibly make him put them back on?”

I left off the part where he yelled “YOU’LL NEVER FIND THEM NOW!”, a la Swiper on Dora.

Confused smile

So, I made him a little something.

(I used my Silhouette to cut the heat transfer material. The font is Blazed. The shirt is from Target. I seam rippered the pocket off.)

Now, before you start sending me mean emails about my kids needing therapy on account of me being their mother, let me just point out that I made myself a little something, too.

(Again, used my Silhouette to cut the heat transfer material. The font is Joint. Yes, there does appear to be an illegal substance font theme going on here.)

I think we’re even.


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  1. What a cutie! He is OWNING that label!

  2. Kristyn @ Good Gravy Crafts says:

    OH my I just literally laughed out loud! What a face!!

    I think it's fun to poke fun at our lives…if we can't laugh at ourselves that what are we doing here!?!?


  3. grabbingmyhappy says:

    Princess Ella the Stubborn was exactly the same way. She's our fourth (and FINAL) kidlet and was an absolute nightmare to try to potty train. And *just* as I was about ready to sell her on ebay, she just plain decided for herself she was potty trained. It really went that fast. May it be so for Bennett, too!

  4. He definitely looks like the poster child for the word. Ya gotta laugh, otherwise, you'd be in tears All. The. Time.

    Good luck.

  5. He looks adorable in the shirt! I don't have kids yet so I laugh and wince at the same time!! I was wondering what you used to make the shirts??

  6. Brooke Douglass says:

    hahahaha That is great, ok not the potty training thing, the shirts!!! He is adorable. Ok you also made my day, I might be the only one that did not even think about seam ripping the pocket off target shirts!!!! I alsways want those without the pockets…can you tell you took it off? Thank u, Brooke
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  7. Love the shirts =) Don't worry, your kids won't be the only ones needing therapy… ;)

  8. :)
    I have very strong opinions about potty training. You may think that I've only had 2 kids to train but I've nannied for 9 families and YES…the parents made me do the potty training. That taught me some stuff. But you are one of the most hands on Mom's I know, if you can't do it…WHO CAN?!

  9. More like....etc. says:

    LOL sounds perfect! altho' I disagree that you are the WME ;)

  10. Love it!! Totally think it's legit, but don't think you deserve the WME shirt. Got to get your laughs in somewhere during the day!

  11. LOL!!! I am cracking up because my boys were the most difficult potty trainers. I always tell anyone who listens that the potty training line on my mommy report card is a big fat "F"!!!

  12. I have a four year old boy that I can't seem to get potty trained – stubborn thing…good thing we love them no matter what :) Love the shirts, they make me smile!

  13. Great post. For some reason it reminds me of back when you and Rage used to play the dictionary game.

    Good luck potty training the recalcitrant one. I'm so glad we are finished with all that!

  14. CSA Family Dinners says:

    Sooo, I had thought it was a great idea to potty train my youngest during the break; he did not agree. After sitting on the potty for a while he waited for me to go check on the other kid, went into my room and peed in 2 of my right shoes. I don't have that many shoes that fit anymore and I really love my shoes so we stopped potty training, maybe in the summer when I can go barefoot?

  15. LOVE it!!!!

  16. I'm right there with you. My youngest just turned THREE and refuses to have anything to do to the potty. No amount of begging, bribing, or threating is working.

  17. Beverly @ says:

    Oh this is too funny. Are you selling those shirts? I need one. :)

  18. Serenity Now says:

    I don't think I ever comment even though I've been reading your blog for a long while – but since we are in the thick of this potty training business with our first – I seriously laughed out loud at this one! BRILLIANT!

  19. Strictly Sewing says:

    You probably could make these shirts and sell them. They seem to be a hit with the public. So nice to have a mommy and child get up to wear together. The perfect Valentine gift.

  20. Ha ha! That is awesome! We are currently in the process of attempting to potty-train my 3 1/2 year old son (who has high-functioning autism). Only his shirt would read "apathy" or "could care less".

  21. dancin' momma says:

    Hilarious!! I should have thought of that when I was fighting the same battle with my youngest. :)

  22. I love it! I'm a worst mom ever, too. I don't even remember when my kids pottie trained finally…because they're teens now and it just doesn't matter! I know the whole diaper thing is maddening and I remember feeling like I was going to strangle my kids, but "…this too shall pass".

  23. J's running commentary:
    "Oh, he looks sad. Why's he sad? What makes him sad? I made him sad. Oh, yay! Now he's happy. I make him so happy. He's just so happy, but he was sad. So sad."

    Wanna make J one with "confabulatory" across the front?

  24. Sarah Takens says:

    When will this dou be up for sale on Etsy!? I need them!

  25. That made me laugh so hard. If it makes you feel better, my daughter ripped her underwear off and flushed it down the toilet. Twice. You'll never find them now!

  26. Molly @ Me and Madeline says:

    I really laughed out loud at this post! Especially: “YOU’LL NEVER FIND THEM NOW!”, a la Swiper on Dora.

  27. I think we need both of those shirts over at my house!

  28. Love it! You use BIG words! I so need one for my 3 yr old.

  29. Heidi Ferguson says:

    I want my shirt back.

  30. Rugrats + Royalty says:

    Ugh. I feel your pain sister. I have one of "those" boys myself. No amount of bribing with cute underwear, a new Thomas train or sticker reward chart will work!

    If you happen to get something started, please…please pass along your tips!

    Good luck…I'm in the trenches fighting right alongside you!

  31. You are so far from the Worst Mom Ever! I think you're fantastic!

    I also feel your pain when it comes to potty training. The 4-year old at our house really tries my patience and makes me do WAY more laundry than is reasonable.

    Good luck!

  32. Kitschalicious says:

    HAHAHA! Those shirts are awesome! I don't think you qualify for WME until you put a picture on blog world with your son sitting on the potty (because you know, that wasn't me. Ahem!) However, I posted a trick last year about how I potty trained my son using food coloring! Worked like a charm! You can check it out here if you'd like:

    Good luck with your potty training! :o)

  33. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    The pictures are completely CLASSIC. The looks on his face go perfect with the shirt.

  34. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    The pictures are completely CLASSIC. The looks on his face go perfect with the shirt.

  35. The Yoder's Four says:

    BAHAHAHA!! I wish I'd had that shirt for my daughter! She was four before she'd have anything to do with potty training. If my son is the same way, I think I'm going to die. Blatant bribery with mermaid Barbies finally did the trick, although I'm not so sure that would work with Bennett.

  36. Jeanne Lobsinger says:

    Yes, I can tell you are damaging that baby terribly. Just look at that second picture! Have fun with the potty training. I only have to kids and potty training was so easy on both of them. I just giggle when I hear others who have to chase their kids down the hall!

  37. I have serious Silhouette envy. :)And Q has now decided that the only place to pee is ON THE WOOD FLOOR. The kid will remove his diaper to pee on the floor. AWESOME.

  38. scrapcraft says:


  39. Mom of five here…my 9-year-old son, Ryan, was diagnosed with mild ADHD/Oppositional Defiance Disorder and very mild Asperger's Syndrome. Man, can I relate! The "oppositional defiance" arguments over EVERYTHING drives me completely loco! I try to pick my battles, use a structured reward system and (as long as he thinks it's his idea) he does great. Potty training worked at his own pace with positive reinforcement/chart/reward. I'll bet you could whip one up! Hang in there. It really does get better.

  40. Good luck. My son kept throwing his underwear in the garbage.

  41. You should sell that shirt. I would buy one for my son who is an incorrigible food launcher.

  42. projectqueen says:

    This is the best blog entry I've read all week. LOL! I should make myself a few of those pink shirts and I will wear them with pride. Too funny.

  43. I love this. When I first read the definition, I immediately thought of my nine year old with Asperger's. I have never heard of this word, but I do believe it will be part of my regular vocabulary (sadly!). And I do love your shirt! You are too funny!

  44. Rhonda Merry says:

    Awesome Post.

  45. Maggie @ SweetwaterBaby says:


    #1 I'm going to need to get me one of those "worst mom" shirt but I'm far too lazy to make one…please make some extras and list them on etsy, and,

    #2 You have the best. blog. name. evah. My crafts are currently running about 63% crap and 37% awesome.

  46. Stephanie S. says:

    Brillant!!! Keep posting. Great therapy. Thanks for sharing. Like my nephew did we he got swated. I don’t like that with his arms crossed. Had to laugh.

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