Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Works For Me Wednesday

I haven't talked much about Potty Training '06 because, well, it's been a bit of a train wreck. We moved to Pull-Ups a couple of weeks ago, but any requests / encouragements / demands about going to the bathroom have been met with "No thank you, Mama. I don't want to go to the potty. No thank you."

I give him points for being polite, at least.

But here's what seems to be working (she says, with fingers, toes, and eyes crossed): throw out the Pull-Ups. Put the young'un in some underwear. Let nature take its course. And, despite every pre-parenthood vow that I would not, would NOT bribe my child to bring about a certain behavior, BRIBE THAT CHILD LIKE NOBODY'S BUSINESS. :-) At least when it comes to potty training.

Seriously, the combination of Superman / Spider Man / Batman underwear, lots of encouragement and praise, and a couple of bags of Hershey's Miniatures (two pieces of chocolate after every successful potty trip) is giving us MUCH better results. He's so much more interested in going to the potty now that his underwear becomes a little, um, uncomfortable if he reverts back to diaper-ish behavior.

And the chocolate helps, seeing as how our child considers it The Most Special Treat Of All The Special Treats In The History Of Ever.

It works for me!

For now. :-)


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