Behold: The last two size 6 diapers in our house. And the first set of little boy underwear I’ve ever purchased.
Behold: Lots and lots of his favorite juice. Ready to be added to his sippy cups. And then diluted. And then sipped. All. Day. Long.
Behold: The Jelly Bellies. Immediate reinforcement for sitting on the potty, regardless of success (one for sitting; two for sitting and producing). When the rare thing called candy is involved, he knows Mommy is serious.
Note to self: Do not inform Charming that you’ve purchased Jelly Bellies and placed them in the pantry to save for impending potty training if you want to keep them….. saved.
Behold: Immediate reinforcement for successfully producing while sitting on the potty. Extremely high interest story books. He earned these three today. (Way to go, Bubbers!!!)
Note to self: If you’re pretty sure your son is ready to potty train, but you don’t feel motivated to do it….. Attend a few used book sales with the intention of buying “just a few books” for Christmas. Then come home with 65books that you can’t possibly wait all the way until Christmas to give him, so you devise a way for him to earn many of them right now through….. potty training!!
Second note to self: Children’s books on sale. They just might be another one of your weaknesses.
Behold: My cutie pie. Patient, sweet and ready for his next Jelly Belly. May tomorrow be filled with less accidents, more earned books and more “ah-ha!” moments for Mommy.
Note to self: In this toddler’s mind, underwear represents a diaper and does not induce one to exert control.
Second note to self: In this toddler’s mind, one’s birthday suit does induce one to exert control. “Ah-ha!!”