Thursday, November 02, 2006

Let Her Eat Cake

Last night, Julia finally used her potty chair for its intended purpose. Hooray! We had promised her that as soon as she did, we would call Nonna (her maternal grandma) to tell her the wonderful news, and Nonna promised to send her a present. So, that was exciting. Then we told her that if she kept practicing and using her potty chair, that when she was using it all the time, we would have a little (private!) party to celebrate, and Mama would make cupcakes.

Julia's only reaction to our extended, detailed, three-way conversation about the wonders of potty chairs and dry pants? "What those cupcakes will taste yike, Mama?"

Ah, sugar. The great motivator? We'll see.

5 comments:

Donna said...

Yay! We used stickers. Everytime he used the potty he got to chose a special potty-only sticker (which I made using address labels) and put it on the wall of the bathroom (I put up some shiny green wrapping paper which he loved). He thought that was so great. He would give us stickers after we used the bathroom! In fact, the potty paper is still up!

Shan said...

That is a great idea. Today, Julia didn't use the potty chair at all. So I think the cupcakes just aren't going to do it for her! ;)

Donna said...

I think you need more immediate gratification than cupcakes. You can always do the cupcake party, but maybe after x days of no accidents, or something like that.

Heidi said...

I agree w/ Donna. We used the sticker idea for Logan too. Of course, it sstill took a *long* time for Logan, but it *was* a motivator. You can do short-term, medium-term, *and* a long-term reward.

Shan said...

Good idea. We'll have to get on the sticker thing. Julia loses interest in the potty chair pretty fast.