Guest Post by Adrianne of Kids Cog Works
As a mother of three boys, I know a thing or two about enticing them to enter the realm of using the potty. My oldest child was resistant and it came to a head one day, we just had to do it. I honestly wasn’t too sure about what to do. I pondered on what would make the whole experience less scary.
The bathroom is an interesting place if you think about it. It’s small, there’s water (bonus…or should I say blessing), and usually a quiet place. All of my boys resisted hanging out for anything other than a bath. So what to do? Make it a common place for them.
I began with changing diapers in the bathroom. If there happened to be solids in the diaper we dumped them out into the toilet and they got to flush it down. We washed hands and I resisted forcing encouraging them to sit on the toilet.
After a few weeks (maybe months for my other boys), we moved to sitting on the potty. I knew my son wouldn’t sit for very long and would most likely cry in hysterics, so I made a little box called Potty Toys.
Inside the Potty Toys box were toys that I got from the dollar store. I tried to pick things that were different than what he normally played with. I found some little cars and a bridge, mini figures, and I threw in some crayons and a coloring book.
He resisted at first, but when I opened the box, he got really excited! We sat playing toys (on the potty!) for about five minutes, and then we put them away. I explained that these toys were special; you only play with them when you are sitting on the potty. It took some time and patience on my part to enforce the rule, but it worked out beautifully.
Potty Toys have saved me from the headache of trying to convince my child to sit. An added bonus…each boy after this was honored to show his sibling the potty toys and tell them the rules. We may have lost a few toys along the way (down they went) but the memories and skills we gained were priceless.
Adrianne has a degree in Elementary Education. She currently tutors struggling readers and middle school math students. She is the author of Kidscogworks.com and the creator of Brain Tower. Adrianne is the wife of an engineer and a mother to three handsome boys.