Sooo, it's about that time here over at The Family's house to talk about the P word. In fact, there are tons of P words flying around here: potty, pee pee, poop, patience, progress, prizes, pleading, pick up poop, perseverance, praying... you get the point.
I love this post over at Make It and Love It on how potty training almost sent Ashley to therapy. It was pretty brave of her to share her methods and mishaps while training, especially when there is a plethora of opinions flying around out there! I'm so glad she did!
I'm not going to get into all of the details of our proposed potty plan yet. I am still so humbled by this whole Mom thing. I can't even start to think I have any shred of competence in child rearing. I still can't bring myself to talk about how I, I mean 'my friend' let 'her baby' fall on his little head once. Thank goodness for the honest Moms out there and their similar stories that make me feel like I haven't ruined his life...yet.
One thing we are trying out is to follow a progress chart. I made a trip over to The Dollar Tree and picked up 500 little stickers for $1.
Then I grabbed a $1 tote and toy packages full of random things like dinosaurs, dump trucks, cars, balloons, glow sticks, play dough, and so on. We decided not to reward with candy because A. We'd eat it, and B. Our relationship with food and candy has not been the best. Maybe we can help break the vicious cycle? Again flying by the seat of my pants on that one.
We use a little chart and give out 2 stickers for pee and 3 stickers for poop. When he fills up a row with stickers we let him pick a prize out of his cool new prize box.
Just be sure that your printer properties are set to landscape.
Be sure to share any progress you make using the chart!
Good luck to you and your toddler, bless your little hearts,