As the holiday season gets underway, many families are beginning to prepare for visiting relatives. In some cases, this means making sure the toddler of the family can use the toilet all by themselves—and pronto.
A couple in Surrey, England, posted a job advertisement on a child care website soliciting the help of a potty training pro who could get their child ‘going’ by themselves before the 23rd of December.
The reason for the rush? The mother’s in-laws are visiting for Christmas.
As the poster wrote on Childcare.co.uk:
My husband and I are looking for a professional toilet trainer who can teach our 3-year-old daughter how to use the toilet before the 23rd December.
The poster went on to explain that she and her husband had tried potty training before but due to their “demanding” work schedules they simply didn’t have the time:
We are a family of three that live in the beautiful county of Surrey with our dog Rex. Both of us work full time in demanding jobs, and we have previously tried to toilet train her, but unfortunately due to our busy careers we’ve realised we simply do not have the time to do so. We are very conscious that our daughter should be using a toilet by now, and with the in laws coming over for Christmas, I am desperate to get her fully using the toilet by the 23rd December.
As a result, the parents wanted someone with ample professional experience who could not only get the job done but teach mom and dad how to maintain their daughter’s progress:
Our ideal candidate will be someone with at least ten years’ experience in childcare, as she can be somewhat difficult and doesn’t respond well to authority — therefore we don’t think anyone who has just started out in the industry would be suitable. Previous experience in toilet training children is a must and we’d require multiple references demonstrating this.
The parents offered a generous salary to any candidate up for the challenge, and promised a handsome bonus should they succeed by the 23rd of the month:
We are willing to pay the professional coach £50/hour [approximately $67 USD] to get her trained by the 23rd and if successful by this date we will also pay a handsome bonus! 10 hours of training, over five days per week would be ideal, but we are flexible and are willing to be negotiable for the right person.
If you feel you’re right for this job, please do get in touch!
According to the Daily Mail, the founder of the Childcare.co.uk website, Richard Conway, said he “[doesn’t] think it’s anything to be ashamed of” for parents to need extra help potty training their toddler:
Toilet training can be a real battle, I think it’s just assumed that it will be a case of showing kids how to use one and after a few weeks they’ll be good to go, which couldn’t be more untrue.
It can be time consuming and some parents, for whatever reason, just can’t do it alone.
I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of to admit that you need some professional help.
This family is willing to pay well for someone to teach their child in a short space of time, and I’m sure they’ll be able to find someone, especially as they’re willing to be flexible and seem very open to the professional’s guidance.
According to the University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine, on average it takes between three and six months for a child to become successfully toilet trained.
Unless mom and dad are willing to roll with a few diapers changes with the in-laws around, Godspeed.