Celebrity moms are people too? You got it. They potty train their kids just like the rest of us. Turns out, actress Jaime King (known most recently for her beloved role on TV’s Hart of Dixie) tackles potty training like a pro, even when peeing in pants is involved. The famous mom of little James Knight and Leo Thames (two kiddos under the age of 3… yikes, been there, done that mama!) has recently teamed up with Pull-Ups Potty Partnership to share a few fixes and a funny fail that we can all relate to… in the name of getting our tots to go in the toilet.
TFM: So how HAS potty training been going? The truth. Do celebrity moms have a magic fix for getting it done? (I myself hated it….)
JK: No magic fix here! I’m just like any other busy working mom and I was totally nervous to start potty training. It’s such a big moment for toddlers – it marks the time when your little one becomes a big kid and it’s a huge change in their life, so parents who are feeling overwhelmed are definitely not alone! So many parents look at their friends on Facebook or pictures on Pinterest and think that’s what it takes to be a good mom or dad. That’s why I like the Pull-Ups Potty Partnership – it’s not one size fits all. It embraces every family’s unique differences and allows you to train at your child’s own pace. My son James Knight definitely has a mind of his own so I knew it would be important to use a potty training method that is tailored to his personality and the Potty Partnership does just that for us.
TFM: Us moms depend on our ‘tribes’ to keep us going — is there a particular celebrity mom in your tribe who you turn to for help or advice?
JK: I must have called Jessica Alba a million times with all my questions when I first had James Knight! It’s just so nice to have friends that have similar lives and understand what you are going through – regardless of whether they are a celebrity. There’s something so powerful about connecting with other mothers and as a mom, having friends you can trust to go to for this kind of stuff is so important! I can totally see how parents get overwhelmed with all the information that’s out there, so it certainly doesn’t hurt to have really great girlfriends to go to for advice.
TFM: TheFABMom here loves a great bounce-back (mind, body & spirit) after baby. What helped you bounce back to regain focus and balance in life and career?
JK: Honestly, taking the time to enjoy being a new mom was really important to me after James Knight and Leo Thames were both born. My family is always my first priority and spending time with them is what really matters to me. But, I am a working mom and my career is important to me too. Sometimes between my family and my career, I just don’t think there are enough hours in the day. And to add to that, there’s so much mommy shaming out there and I just believe that as long as you’re doing your best and loving your children, that’s all you can do. We all just need to love and support each other. What helps me find balance and stay focused with my career is knowing that at the end of the day, I have two adorable little guys to come home to that make me happier than anything!
TFM: Motherhood’s got it’s share of funny fails — like when Ali Landry told me she and her husband accidentally pulled off a gas pump still connected to their car because they were discombobulated with kids at the gas station. Got a funny fail you’d like to share that will make all of us feel better for the random stuff that happens to the best of us?
JK: Motherhood certainly does keep us all humble and right in check! I remember one time we were coming back from Austin [going to LAX] with all babies in tow. It was CHAOS! TSA was literally moving like molasses, checking the precious milk that we needed for Leo Thames. Literally, for a half and hour, Leo was freaking out… all while James Knight had to have the ‘Texas Size’ jelly beans and ran off, so my friend had to catch him. As I went to get James Knight, with Leo Thames in my arms, he then went to the bathroom ALL over me and soaked me through — not like a little bit, but as if someone chucked a whole bottle of water on me. At the same time I heard a CRASH and I see the brightly colored, gazillion dollar jelly beans splatter all over the floor, creating a veritable comedy set piece where someone would slip and I would be in major trouble (except it would definitely not be funny). Poor James Knight stood there with a look of shock with his Texas shaped container, minus the candy, and I stood there in shock covered in urine. I had to get a tourist T-shirt and clothes from the shop, and that was that. It just reminds me that I’m not perfect, I’m doing the best I can and at the end of the day, my kids know how much I love them and that’s all that matters. Sometimes you just have to learn to laugh at yourself! And when you love your child, there’s no way to really fail.
Hearing this story makes me want to laugh, cry, hug Jaime and then pee in my pants myself! Happens to the best of us. Hang in there, mama… you’re doing it all fabulously. And, for $hits & giggles, why not take the Pull-Ups Potty Partnership Quiz yourself? The unique program provides a tailored approach to potty training based on each child’s personality… peeing in pants included.
The Pull-Ups Potty Partnership tackles potty training in a personalized way, to fit each child’s unique readiness, schedule and habits so parents and kids can work towards potty training success together via a customizable and responsive program online. This post is not sponsored.