The weirdest thing about potty training is that it can feel pretty isolating. Even though it’s something that literally every human on Earth has been through, potty training woes can leave you wondering if anyone really knows how bad this can be.
As it turns out, a fair amount of celebrities have some hilarious potty training stories. These stories can cheer you up and also remind you that you’re not alone —some of your favorite celebrities have gone through the same thing you’re going through.
Keep reading to learn all about four funny celebrity potty training stories!
1. A Jumpy Learner
Every guy knows that Jimmy Kimmel is one of the funniest men alive. It stands to reason that his potty training stories would be just as funny (and just as weird) as he is!
In an interview with the editorial director of People, Kimmel relayed that his daughter had a preference for the trampoline. And no, we’re not talking about Kimmel’s old habit of filming women on trampolines. Instead, his daughter only wants to use the potty on the trampoline!
It sounds like a mess waiting to happen. However, Kimmel laughingly waves it off, simply saying, “That’s her. She’s a weird kid.”
2. A Little Too Excited
Men of a certain age will always remember Melissa Joan Hart from her hit show Clarissa Explains It All. As it turns out, that explaining has continued into motherhood, and she seemed enthusiastic to teach her son about potty training. That’s when she encountered an amusing obstacle.
Like all of us, Hart read up on the potty training literature that recommends celebrating your child’s potty training success stories. However, she wasn’t prepared for her son’s lavish expectations.
In an interview with People magazine, Hart expressed that she liked to “do a high five with a kid” and thought that would be enough. Her son wanted “lots of celebration,” though, forcing her to cycle through candy, stamps, stickers, and Hot Wheels cars as her son constantly changed his demands!
3. A Real Wallet Buster
The price most of us pay for potty training mishaps is simply our pride. However, things can get pretty expensive for celebrity parents!
On The Tonight Show, Marc Anthony (then married to Jennifer Lopez) revealed a potty training story in which one of their sons pooped in a pool. Here’s the catch: Anthony did not own the pool, and the fecal matter got caught up in the filtration system!
As he recounted, he had to pay $6,000 to clean and repair the filtration system. Fortunately, the celebrity could laugh at himself, exclaiming “he took a $6,000 dump in the pool!”
4. Automation Accident
We live in a pretty automated world. As adults, it’s nice to have things like automatic doors and, even better, automatic flushing toilets.
Of course, these things aren’t always popular with children, which Alyson Hannigan found out the hard way. In an interview with The Bump, the How I Met Your Mother star discussed taking her daughter to a public restroom with an automatic toilet.
Her daughter was scared of the toilet, and Hannigan was holding the kid up and trying to explain how there was nothing to be afraid of. Mid-explanation, though, her daughter hauls off and pees all over both of them!
This left poor Hannigan to clean both of them up and then rely on the heat of Atlanta, GA to dry them off.