Tuesday, November 23, 2010

T's decision on potty training

T and I have been talking extensively about potty training.

Today for example, he was wearing his diaper and I said, "You know T, you really should use the toilet instead of a diaper."

He looked at me and said, "But it is so bo-ing {boring}."

I got him several new pairs of exciting underwear just for his learning experience. I said very enthusiastically, "T how about some of this fun underwear."

He said firmly, "No. Diaper."

Oh dear. It looks like I have my work cut out for me. Suggestions anyone?


Lindsay said...

The promise of a penny to use in our not-til-then used gumball machine for M&Ms worked wonders for an uninterested Garrett. It still does, actually. :) Good luck!

Joe and Kristin Family said...

Same struggle with Jacob. We thought about what he liked the MOST of anything, and it was Buzz Lightyear. We took him to the Disney store and showed him a fabulous Buzz Lightyear costume, and then told him that once he was potty-trained, he could earn it.

That motivation made the difference (but it still took many months).

Brent Orton said...

Melanie! You're in charge! You don't have to take that crap;).

(can't believe I said that... embarrassing... I'm not associated with that comment :))

Our little guys decided they wanted to potty train plus we invited them and coerced them. When we think we're close, we have them wear a long shirt in the kilt mode so they have nothing to catch. This does require some floor care but seems to make a substantial success within three to four days. When in this mode, we take them to the loo about every 20 to 30 minutes.

Tanya's sister feeds them pop or kool-aid during this process so they have to go more often (as in more frequently). For Tanya, it is just beyond the moment she really wants to give this up that success shines through.

You're awesome Melanie!!