In case you missed it, my original post about our misadventures in potty training can be found HERE.
After some brainstorming with my sister-in-law on the phone, I decided NOT to throw in the towel just yet. The next day, I sat princess on the potty. I sat next to her on the tub and we SAT THERE. We played flash cards and toy lions. After about 20 minutes I decided I needed to go to the bathroom myself so I told her: “Mommy is going to go use her potty. You stay here and keep trying to poo okay? I’ll be back to check on you.”
I came back and said. “Hey, Mommy went to the potty how about you?” Princess: “Yes, I did it!” Mommy: “Really? Let me see.” (One of those things you never anticipate saying until you are a parent. Let me see that poop.) And she had! We earned a star on our chart, and m&m’s, and lots of enthusiasm from me to try and make up for all the NEGATIVITY.
Every day since then, I plop her down at some point during the day, hand her the flash cards and disappear for a few minutes. There is almost always poop in that potty. So…we had some stage fright? Now there is always lots of excitement and new star (and usually a call to daddy). In fact we’re half way to – what’s her prize? – a red light saber. Yeah, that’s daddy’s influence right there.by