Haiku Friday: Potty Talk

We’re making progress
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
for motivation

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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  1. Interesting haiku! I remember Sandy of Momisodes similar posts…

    Happy Friday!

  2. Oh…I remember those days…and not fondly either.

    Hang in there. 🙂

  3. If you want to stay away from candy, we use to use a potty chart where everytime our son got ten stars (one for each time he pottied)he got a new book. I also know someone who added a bead onto a bracelet for her daughter everytime she went in the potty so that eventually they had a completed bracelet.

    Good luck with everything!!

  4. Nicely haiku’d. Good luck!

  5. Goodluck with the potty training. 🙂 I guess it’ll be a few months from now before I start training my lil’ guy. 😀

  6. Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) says:

    Sometimes, you just have to do whatever works. Potty training is one of those things that tests the patience of a parent and stretches it to its outer borders. 😉 Congrats on getting this far!

  7. potty training. i hated it. i would have given my kids an ice cream sundae with all the works everytime they went potty if i’d thought of it.

    i agree with lotus. whatever works!!

  8. I remember those days…and headed there soon enough again LOL

    Happy Haiku!

  9. Good luck 🙂 I’m not looking forward to potty training either – you never hear of people having an exceptionally easy time of it…

  10. Yeah for Cordy! Not refusing to go is a HUGE start! Good luck in the continued taching!

  11. Good luck with this challenge. Sounds like you’re ‘on track’ and making progress.
    Hugs and blessings,

  12. The Laundress says:

    Man, Potty training is no fun.

    Good luck.

  13. Molly's Mom says:

    We just finished the potty training frustration…I feel your pain!

  14. I hope all goes well with the effort; it can be so frustrating. 😛 The day will come when she is uncomfortable with wet, etc. and really wants to learn. Hope that day comes soon.

  15. DeuceMom says:

    I’m not looking forward to potty training AT ALL. You can try stickers, but if the candy’s working, I say stay with it.

  16. Ah yes, the potty training ensues over here as well 🙂 What a great haiku!

    We’ve tried offering coins for her piggy bank, chocolate, time outside, etc….Ugh, the list goes on!

    May the potty training gods give our little ones a little nudge soon!

  17. Some friends of our recently came up with a good idea. They let Ella pick out a special toy that stays on top of the fridge and she gets to play with it only after she uses the potty.

  18. Oh I hear you there! We’re going through the same with our almost-3-yr-old now. He will go on the potty, but screams and cries if I try to put him on the toilet.

  19. Amelia Sprout says:

    So glad to hear there is progress being made. I know many a kid potty trained with the use of candy coated goodness.
    The other one, when she’s ready, is getting to pick out your own big girl underpants.

  20. anymommy says:

    Oh! Potty training sucks. I’m doing it right now too! I have resorted to m&ms AND massive amounts of TV while sitting on the potty. Stressful. Boring.

    In solidarity…

  21. The Carstens Clan says:

    Just posted my first Haiku! What fun! Maybe I will try for more than one verse next week! 🙂

  22. hey gotta do what you’ve gotta do! my son would only do number two for m&ms!

  23. Maureen aka Wisconsin Mommy says:

    Yes, we used marshmallows as our high sugar incentive. Hey – whatever works!

  24. Maureen aka Wisconsin Mommy says:

    Yes, we used marshmallows as our high sugar incentive. Hey – whatever works!

  25. We’re potty training as well. Eva is doing MUCH better than I!

  26. Potty training is not my favorite thing to do. I am having no luck. Have a great weekend and great Haiku!

  27. Misguided Mommy says:

    we did balloons or one small piece of chocolate, oh and two balloons for a poop!

  28. Great haiku! Good luck with the potty training.

  29. arithmancy says:

    My first was so easy I had an unrealistic view of potty training. She trained herself at 18 months although we begged her to stay with pull-ups for just a wee bit longer! (I know…bad) Even her preschool wished she would have waited as there was no little potty in the “1’s” room and so had to move her to the “2’s” room early.

    Anyway, that said, enter daughter number 2. She began to show early interest but then decided that it did not work so well in her daily schedule; she had better things to do than monitor when she had to go potty. She refused to wear underwear. I let it go.

    I started to worry when she still wasn’t ready at 3. I thought, “she’ll be the only kindergartner in a pull-up!” We tried the candy reward…she used it only when she was craving chocolate…”I peed…give me chocolate.” So I let it go again and hoped my pediatrician was right when he said it will happen when she is ready.

    Miraculously, when she was 3.5 years old, she woke up one day and came downstairs in UNDERWEAR. We all just stared. She said, “I am a big girl now” and that was the end of it. She has been dry ever since (I think she has had two accidents in 4 months) even at night. Go figure. All that worrying and stressing on my part…sigh… So hang in there…it will happen.