Friday, May 16th, 2008
The Great Potty Debate: Which Way Do You Wipe?
Let’s deal with a serious issue for a change. There is a debate raging in our household over how to educate our children when it comes to potty training.
Everyone knows that you wipe from front to back, but from which side of your body do you reach? I mean, when you put your hand down there, is your arm reaching in front of you, or reaching around behind you?
My wife believes in the frontal assault while I prefer the reach-around.
Oh, stop it. This is a family blog. If it makes you happier, I’ll use the terms anterior and posterior.
She cites anatomical differences, which I will not detail here, for her "obvious" conclusion that women approach from the front while men approach from the rear.
Oh yeah? Then tell me why this girl in the It’s Potty Time: Wipe, Flush, Wash video (shown below) wipes from behind. And her teddy bear does too! Don’t listen to the songs though unless you desire permanent ear damage.
In Japan, they avoid the issue entirely by showing the parent wiping the kid…
We haven’t quizzed our relatives, but this issue could be a matter of
family honor. How many generations have my forebears been
wiping from behind? How did I ever get hooked up with a family of front
wipers? Oh, the shame!
Cast your vote and post commentary below, if you dare. And no, you don’t get to straddle the fence and claim you’ll teach boys one way and girls another.