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Monday, March 07, 2011

Toddlers and Potty Training and Goals, Oh My

We're potting training at the Knight Casa. A little early according to some, but bebe is ready at 2 1/2 so we figured why not?

First step? We bought a potty seat and put her in pull-ups rather than actual diapers. No change. She went, she told us after - or not at all. We'd change, reminding her that her 'job' was to keep her pull-ups - and the shapes that fade away when wet or dirty - dry. We started over like this for days on end with no actual 'training' going on. We would go on the potty about 20 minutes after eating/drinking/snacking.

Didn't matter.

We took action. No more pull-ups. Big girl pants. AND rewards for going on the potty.

I washed a lot of clothes. She went on the potty AND in her pants. Didn't matter.

Then I got a great idea: I reward myself for meeting  my writing goals with chocolate, a big calendar where I mark up days, a nice meal out. She was already getting the sweets reward, but what about some other type of system.

I made a poopy chart. Divided into days and weeks. Every time she kept her pants dry and went in the potty, she would get a sticker. She loved it. So much more than just getting a few M&Ms. That was 4 weeks ago - we're still in pull-ups for the majority of our days. But she's going in the potty more regularly and she she's using the potty at school (a huge step for her)...and she's telling us at the point she has to go. Unfortunately that point is stil rightnextto the point when it actually comes out. But we're working on it.

Just like I'm still working on meeting my writing goals, she is working on meeting her 'big girl' goals. How about you? How are your writing (or life) goals coming in 2011?

My new podcast is all about goal-setting (or re-setting in some cases). Check it out on my front page. And let's start a little goal encouragement area in the comment section - share your goal and reward system...so we can all learn from each other!

Posted By: Kristina Knight @ 3:44:01 PM

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