Saturday, August 18, 2007

Toilet Training

I may have found the key to Denali's potty training. Juice is a precious commodity at our house. Denali has not been able to drink it for about a year, ever since he got Toddler Diarrhea. The other day he was asking for juice (he still knows it exists) and I had an epiphany.

"Of course you can have juice, Denali. Right after you poop in the potty."

His 2.75 year old eyes gleamed. He thought it over for a few minutes.

As we went up to bed I took off his diaper in preparation for a new one. "Would you like to try and go poop in the potty, Denali? Remember you get juice if you do!" And lo and behold, we went and he sat on the potty and pooped. Hallelujah! And lest you think it was a coincidence, he did it again this morning.


Okay, it is technically bribery. But I totally believe in bribery for certain things. And potty training is one of those things. I had tried to bribe him with stickers, but he doesn't care about stickers.

Emlyn has also jumped on the bandwagon. Our deal with her is that every book she reads all the way through, she gets some juice.

Bring on the juice.


Mandi said...

Yay! That is wonderful! I'm also a big fan of bribery for certain things, including the two you mentioned. Weston gets three Skittles if he goes tee-tee in the potty. And Ruth has her reading chart, so we're totally with you! I'm glad you have discovered the key to your success!

Angela O. said...

That's not bribery. You are smart! You get a kid to use the potty AND can sneak in a serving of fruit or vegetable. Good job, Sarah and kids.

Pryncss Briana said...

Sounds like a winner to me!