What do Spiderman underwear and gummy bears have to do
with potty training? Well, we tapped into a couple of things that Andy
(our two-year old) likes in order to motivate him about toilet training.
First, he loves to put on Spiderman underwear (no, he
hasn't seen the movie, but our two older children have and they act it
out, so Andy knows who Spiderman is).
Second, he really loves gummy bears. If he knows he'll
get a gummy bear or two (number 1 and number 2, get it?) AND if he keeps
Spiderman dry, he knows he'll get to enjoy those gummy bears. He's not
mastered the life skill yet, but he's getting better every day. Just the
other day he went potty without even being prompted. We walked past the
bathroom and there he was on the toilet.
My motto: "Do whatever it takes to help your child succeed
at potty training!" If it's a big chocolate bar they want, promise it for
the big splash they'll make when they first poop in the toilet. Is it stickers
they like, give them lots! Is it hugs and kisses, hug and kiss them lots!
Is it encouraging words? Make a list of the words that mean the most and
say them often. Our older kids are the best at encouraging Andy in this
way. They do a better job than we do.
Tap into what motivates your child and give it a try.
You may be surprised at how quickly he or she learns and how fun it can
About the Author
Andrea Simanson is a wife and mother of three children,
and the website and ezine editor of Successful Family Chores - Putting
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