Peeing In The Parking Lot–And Other Languages Of The Body


I wanted to share my latest post over at CatholicMom with you.  Potty training has created a fabulous window of opportunity for discussing the language of the body and the concept of self-mastery with my four-year-old.  Here’s a sample:

“Did you know that your son is out peeing in the parking lot?”

Great. I was in the school building talking to my Little Flowers Girls’ Club about manners and decorum, and my four-year-old son was outside watering the parking lot.

Oh, the joys of boys! Their bodies, and the things they can do with them, are an endless source of fascination. But I’ve found that the potty training years provide a window of opportunity: the opportunity to teach them that they can become the masters of their physical impulses.

Most people would agree that, while somewhat amusing, it’s really not appropriate for my son to relieve himself in a school parking lot.  There is a time and a place for that–like behind the closed door of the bathroom inside the building right next to you!

Any parent who has experienced potty training knows how much self-discipline it requires. It’s difficult. It’s messy. It involves tears and frustration. But then, one day…he does it! Body and mind click, and he makes it to the bathroom time and time again. There are smiles.  There is rejoicing. There is freedom. Freedom from diapers, messes, and clothing changes. Freedom from embarrassment and discouragement. Freedom through self-mastery.  Read more…


About Charisse Tierney

Charisse Tierney lives in Newton, Kansas, with her husband and six children. Charisse and her husband, Rob, teach Natural Family Planning for the Couple to Couple League and have experience teaching Theology of the Body for Teens to high school and middle school students through their parish in Kansas. Charisse holds bachelor and master degrees in music performance. A professionally trained clarinetist and pianist, Charisse has always held a deep love for writing and her Catholic faith. Charisse is a contributing author of The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion and writes for Family Foundations magazine. She can also be found at
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