Sarah is a fabulous OCPT consultant. She came out the gates rearing to go, helping over 100 families in her first months. You can check out her website and all she offers here.
Since Sarah is not only a consultant but a mom and a whole person too, I decided to interview her about some random stuff so you can get to know her, too.
How long have you been an OCPT consultant?
I started this journey in May 2015.
How many kids do you have?
2 boys - ages 5.5 and 3.5. Kindergarten here we come!!
What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Strawberry - hands down.
What’s a household product you can’t live without?
Carmex. Does that count as household? I have 6 stashed all over the place so it's a fixture.
Laundry folding right out of the dryer? Or piled up in baskets to be done in front of Netflix in a marathon folding session?
A basket has been known to sit unfolded in my bedroom - but just for a day or two.
What made you decide to become an OCPT consultant?
I know a good thing when I see it. Oh Crap Potty Training is the real deal. I have been blabbing about OCPT to my friends, and some strangers, ever since I found it in 2013. Taking it up a notch to a professional manner was the next step. I truly love educating parents in this area - OCPT has so much to offer. When I teach classes, it brings me such joy to watch people's eyes light up because it all makes so much sense. It had just never been explained to them before.
Plus, I'm a bit of a greenie - so I really LOVE getting kiddos out of diapers from an environmental standpoint.
What’s your favorite Must-Read book?
Fried Green Tomatoes, or any Fannie Flagg novel.
What’s something that’s come out of your mouth as a parent that no human should have to say out loud?
Don't put your dinner napkin near the cat's butt.
Do you feel as an OCPT consultant that you have a sort of speciality?
I've worked with all ages. 19 months up to 4.5 year olds. If there's any specialty it would have to be stubborn kids. My older son put me through hell and back with potty training, and I feel I can really connect with parents of kids who mirror that experience.
What’s your parental super power?
Toy Inventory. I know how exactly many marbles there are in Hungry Hungry Hippos (20), how many pieces in our marble maze (52), and how many markers in each set. I know when something is missing, which can be both a blessing and a curse.
What’s a secret indulgence for you?
Cool Ranch Doritos. Mwa ha ha!
What’s your favorite part of parenting? What’s your least?
Most favorite: teaching my kids stuff. ALL the stuff. They come into the world knowing literally nothing. It's so cool to explain how the world works to these little blobs of unmolded clay.
Least favorite: potty training! LOL. Mamas, I know how painful this milestone can be at times. You're drained, you're stuck at home in the beginning, the emotional highs and lows. I truly empathize with parents who come to me in the throes of potty training, because it is hard. The good news is: it's temporary. This too shall pass!
Do you have a favorite toy that your child has? A least favorite?
Oooh tough question! Any talking Elmo device gets old after around 7 minutes. We had a Rock and Roll Elmo that had a tambourine, microphone, and drum set. That got donated pretty quickly.
Favorite toy - my oldest son has one of those little blanket lovies with an animal head on it. Happens to be a dog. He's had it since it was 6 months old and, before he could talk, we dubbed him Ghost Dog. Ghost Dog has been a steady companion for over 5 years. He's tattern, torn, and well-loved. He's one of a kind and we all protect him fiercely.
How do you keep yourself grounded in the chaos of parenting?
Carving out that me-time is vitally important. Modern mothers are always figuring out how to strike that balance between giving to the family, but not burning out. I've taken to a Saturday morning bike ride. I live in an area with an outstanding forest preserve network. I hit up the bike trails and enjoy some me-time to recharge my battery, exercise my body, and clear my head.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Each age and stage of parenting brings something new. Sleeping through the night, potty training, separation anxiety. Whatever you're struggling with, it's merely a phase. I'm only 5 years into this parenting stuff, and I know I have a lot to learn. On my bad days, I find it helpful to ask myself what kind of memories do I want my kids to have of me? Of their childhood? That centers me every time.