I’ll be the first to admit, I’m lazy at potty training. Sister practically trained herself. I just don’t get all excited about it and figure they’ll do it when they’re ready. I have my own sob story about being potty trained too early because of an over eager mom but I’ll spare you the details. Suffice to say, I don’t think there’s a magic age that my kids need to stop wearing diapers.
Brother has been a potty-o-phobe. I haven’t even bothered trying with him, even though he’s two and a half. Sister, on the other hand, has other ideas for him. She has been chasing him around for months telling him he needs to use the big potty. His response is to put his little hands over his face and run away screaming adamantly, “NO!!!!”
Imagine my surprise today when he tells Big Daddy that he needs to use the potty. He goes in and uses the potty. Of course, he had an audience. And, who do you think was front and center? Sister! His own personal potty cheerleader. He was so excited and when he was done, he got a treat. And, so did Sister.
Later tonight, he came back to the potty and wanted to try again. I let him and he couldn’t go. I don’t blame him. It’s tough to concentrate on your potty duty when you have a good game of electronic Yahtzee going. He finished up and washed his hands and I took him in for a treat. I scoured the cabinet and could only come up with a package of Sixlets candy that have been in there forever. I opened and gave him two. He ate them and started crying and demanding more. I told him that he can get two more when he uses the potty again. You see where this is going. He went right back to the bathroom and perched back up on the throne. And, in just a minute, he was going!! He got two more Sixlets!
Sister came around and saw what was going on and went to the potty without a word. She came out with her hand out for Sixlets. I think I’ve figured out why she’s so anxious for him to potty train. And, I think I’ve almost reached the point where my kids are smarter than me.