When your son gets hurt, or scared, odds are he’s going to cry for his mommy. A boy’s mother is his first line of defense, his protector, and his safe space. And that’s ok because there are plenty of things that we, as fathers, will get to be an authority on in our own right. For instance, who else knows how to teach a boy to pee standing up better than dear old dad? Certainly not mom, that’s for sure!
However, even though we are masters at this practice ourselves, it isn’t as simple as you might think. There are a couple of tricks of the trade that you’ll need to impart to your boy before he can be trusted to go it alone. That, of course, is what I’m here for! I’ll guide you through the best ways to get the job done right so that you won’t always have to clean up tons of pee off the floor.
I would never advise you to try and teach your son to pee standing up when you are first starting potty training. The goal here is to make your kid as comfortable as possible while they are learning to understand what it feels like when they have to go to the bathroom, and you don’t want to muddle it up with a bunch of extra directions.
Once your boy is fully potty trained, probably when he is three or four years old, he will probably be ready to start.
When Nature Calls
As men, we have a distinct advantage over women in a few ways, just as they have advantages over us in tons of ways. While women get to be beautiful, smart, and engaging; we can pee pretty much anywhere we have a mind to! Now, obviously, you don’t want your little guy dropping trou and peeing in the middle of the street, but if you have a big backyard with a fence or access to some woods, the outdoors are a great place to him try to pee standing up.
In this way, you avoid having to teach him about the seat, how to aim, and all that other stuff, and can instead just let him concentrate on going. As odd as it may seem, he might not be able to go right away, even though he is potty trained. It is just a different feeling to pee standing up in comparison to sitting down, and it will take some time for him to get used to it. Until he does, going outdoors is a good first step.
Once your little guy has mastered peeing in nature, it’s time to bring him back in and face the unfortunate reality that is the modern toilet. Modern toilets are designed to be used sitting down, so we men are at a distinct disadvantage here.
This could be a big setback for your boy unless you have a urinal installed in your home. Urinals make it much easier to pee standing up since, you know, that’s what they are designed for. However, most homes do not have them, so you’re out of luck right? Wrong!
They actually make training urinals that you can hang on the bathroom wall. These trainers usually come with some sort of spinner to help improve your boy’s aim and make using it tons of fun in the process! If this sounds good to you, you can’t do much better than this one right here.
Another reason that your guy might have a tough time peeing standing up is simply that he is too short. Which is a pretty easy problem to fix, thankfully. Just purchase a simple step stool, like this one, for him and his pee will all end up in the toilet rather than the wall!
Lift The Seat And Put It Back!
The final, and according to your wife, most important lesson for your son before he is a master at this is to be able to put the seat up before he pees and putting it back down afterward. It is in your and his best interest that this is practiced and enforced. Nothing is going to upset momma faster than falling into the toilet or sitting down in a puddle of pee. Take the time and make sure he gets it right, for both of your sakes.
Free And Easy
Ahhhh, what a relief! Now doesn’t that seem easy? Well, it is, but don’t be surprised if it takes a little while before your son really gets it. Just keep at it! After all, you’re the only one who can teach him this valuable life skill!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article! If you have any questions, comments, or advice, please let me know in the comments section below. Have a great day!