We have been struggling with Potty Training for, well, lets just say it’s been a long time. My DB is 3 yrs old now..and in my opinion, should have been through this stage already. I have always thought before that if a child is this long in diapers it is the parents fault. Not strict enough, not enough incentive, or simply a lack of knowledge on how to do it.
After going through this with 3 previous children, I thought this would not be a problem for me. Ha! When they say that boys are no different than girls “they” are lying. At least for me, it has been very different. We have went through “waiting for his time”, encouragement, incentive, punishment, etc. No matter what I read on the subject or tried, it just wasn’t working. He had very little desire to go potty. He was happy with the way is was…until, one day…
After more accidents, my husband comes up with the brilliant idea…while I was out of the house with one of the girls…that he would call Santa Clause! When I get back my DB was in tears, HUGE elephant tears. ?? I am trying to figure out what is going on when I hear the words..called Santa. (OH) Well, he said that if he couldn’t be a big boy…that he couldn’t bring him Thomas the Train. Needless to say, I had to do a little soothing and we had a talk. I told him that he could be a big boy, no worries. We would work really hard together. He shook his little head up and down as his tears subsided and a smile peeked through. Then I got one of those hugs that makes all the hard stuff worth it.
Wow! Who would have thought that a man in a red suit would have so much influence? For the last 2 days we have been practically accident free including the last two nights. He woke up both mornings as dry as could be and went straight to the potty!
I suppose after feeling so bad several days ago and doing so well now, my DB felt the need to show his Daddy that he was no worse for wear. My DB looks at his daddy (with somewhat of a “I won” attitude) and says “I know.”
My husband asked him “what do you know?”
DB “I gonna get two Thomas the Trains from Santa Clause…I a big boy!”…..(“so there!”)