Thursday, January 29, 2009

I Think My 3 Year Old Reads My Blog

After three consecutive posts about how I haven't been enjoying my time with Pumpkin lately, I feel the need to change my tune. On the day of my last post, Pumpkin came home from school and was as bratty as ever. She had a swim lesson that afternoon and insisted that she wasn't going. The week before, she spent the whole lesson crying, although the week before that, she loved it. I didn't know if I should have let her drop out, or push her into it, but I really need for her to have afternoon activities for my own sanity, so off we went to swimming with the promise of buying her a Princess Aurora figurine if she did what the instructor asked. The lesson started out pretty rough, but by the end she was more or less complying. I showered her with praise, bought her the stupid princess, and headed home. From that moment forward, she has been a pretty good kid. Very few time-outs have been issued, most meals have been consumed without too much aggravation, we've gotten off to school without any fights, and here's the kicker: SHE SHAT IN THE POTTY!!!!!!!! I wasn't even prompting her. Our secret: She wasn't wearing any clothes from the waist down. Crapping on the floor seemed to disturb her more than crapping in her clothes, so she wandered upstairs by herself and properly took care of business. Guess we'll be doing the half-nekkid thing around here for the next while. Anyhow, remembering the days of when I was offering princess bribes for potty training, Pumpkin interrupted my excitement to ask, "Can I have Belle?" I think I need to buy shares of Disney stock.

8 comments:

Chantal said...

you never know :)

Naomi said...

Naked has been the key around here for training both my boys. It does work!! Good luck!!

No Mother Earth said...

Your 3 yr old can read?

creative-type dad said...

We did the nekkid thing at home with my daughter for months. It did work!

Then for awhile she held it in until she went to sleep and pooped in her pull-up.

Now, we're finding a treat of 4 pieces of tortilla chips makes her poop on the toilet.

Lesson learned: Kids are weird.

The Mom Bomb, a/k/a Folksy Mama said...

I would have shelled out every dime in our bank account to Disney if it would have got my kid on the potty. This is combat, lady. Whatever works. But kudos -- sounds like she's on her way!

The Scholastic Decoder said...

Hey! Whatever works...

And I swear they push you right to snapping, right until you are about to give them away, before they start to reel it back in. They have a good read on the siuation, if you ask me.

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