I’ve done some hard things in my life and will probably do more. But I have to say that potty training has to rank right up there as the top 3 hardest things ever! And I try not to play the “twin card” (how everything is harder with multiples) but potty training has to be one of those things! Last October it looked like my little girl was ready so we geared up and stayed home for a week, ventured out on short trips the second week, and pretty much had it down by week 3. Of course I drove around with a potty seat and diaper in the back of the rig so I could pull over any where! My little boy on the other hand wasn’t really into it so I figured I’d get one done and then work on him. Now, it’s 9 months later and I’m beating my head against the wall! So this week I needed diapers and decided not to buy any. I’m all stocked up on the essentials, skittles, lots of undies and pull ups, and a big jug of cleaning solution for my Bissel! Then I decided I needed to make a potty chart and came up with this on the fly. My 1st big obstacle: he refused to sit on the potty -big or little. So I had to carry him to the potty and sit him on the potty while praying I wasn’t inflecting any emotional damage on him! I came up with the idea to make a reward chart that gave him something for just sitting on the potty. So here’s my chart.
It’s not the prettiest, my illustrations of a potty seat and undies aren’t too bad but I ran out of ideas for the poo and pee drawings! Next I found a got a star stamp and blue ink pad from my stash to keep nearby. He gets to put the stars in the boxes for the whole day going across. If he does the whole chart in a day he gets something special which I haven’t figured out yet 😀
This is starting to slowly work and he likes to stamp his hands, arms, face too. I figure if it gets him excited to sit on the potty and go, he can cover his entire little body!
Currently has peed twice, stayed dry since being in undies after lunch and I no longer have to carry him and put him on the potty.
The one thing I’m noticing is that he’s really digging the one on one time with mommy or daddy. We just sit in the bathroom and talk, sing silly potty songs, tell stories, and tell the pee pee to get in the potty. Unfortunately it’s way to easy to not slow down and take this time with him or to let his much more vocal sister take all the attention. So something I’m working on.
Here’s to potty training luck and crafty goodness!