In the last preschool hurdle
of potty training
She used to be scared
of the great porcelain god
refusing to go
The potty chair is
now OK, but the big pot
is still off limits
“Do you need to pee?”
sometimes results in success
Sometimes it’s too late
We have to ask her
because she will never go
without some prompting
She’s getting closer
to potty trained, with candy
After several false starts and fall-backs and a total lack of interest and cries of “No, I want to be a little girl and wear a diaper!” Cordy seems to be more interested in potty training. We must always ask – she’ll never willingly offer up that she needs to pee. And while she’s still going through a few diapers a day, overall she’s keeping them dry longer now, thanks to potty breaks.
I’m so happy to see this change in her. I was beginning to think she would never accept the concept of peeing into a container rather than the sack strapped around her waist. I wondered if Mira would be potty trained before Cordy ever had any interest. But now she’s interested, partially because of our motivation, and partially due to the reward of one small piece of candy for each try.
I vowed to keep my child away from candy as long as I could. I did it for over three years before she had her first taste of candy, which just happened to be at school, where they reward kids with M&M’s. So I’ve now fallen into line and reward potty success with candy, but only if she asks. (And luckily, she forgets to ask a lot.)
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