Every now and then I come over all ‘super nanny’ and truly believe that if I follow her strict procedures I will end up with angelic children who don’t find it funny to throw their food across the room and to wee everywhere whilst using the potty as a hat.
So last week when I ventured into town for some ‘me’ time I thought I’d see what stickers were on offer in the WH Smith’s summer craft sale and found a 3 for 2 offer on bumper packs and on mini sticker reward charts. I ummed and ahhhed and then calculated just how much poo and wee I’d cleaned up over the past three days and caved in and bought the best stickers to bribe the reluctant potty trainer to use his potty as a loo rather than an accessory.
Of course when bribing one child you have to bribe the other two as well but the 4 yr old has been a bit of a menace of late so I duly made him a behaviour chart and the happily potty trained 2 yr old was never really rewarded for her endeavours so I thought I’d do her a potty training one to inspire her twin brother.
I was full of good intentions, I stuck the sticker charts on the wall after talking with the children about what they were for a la Jo Frost. I put the stickers out of reach until an angelic looking reluctant potty trainer shuffled onto his potty did a large poo and smiled sweetly at me while reaching out to choose his sticker. “Eureka! It’s worked” I thought and by the end of the day was feeling
hugely smug quite pleased.
Day two was also relatively pain free and the lure of the stickers kept everyone happy and doing their best. By day three the little
horrors darlings had found out where I’d hidden the stickers and used the kitchen steps to get them down. I came into the kitchen to find stickers stuck everywhere and war breaking out over who could wear the most on their clothes, oh and I also found a large puddle of wee…
Day four I battled on in the vain hope that day three was simply a blip. We got through about five pairs of pants and I had to remove poo from a bed – enough said.
Day five I caved in, the reluctant potty trainer asked for a nappy and promised to keep it on so I let him. We haven’t looked back, he’s actually keeping the nappies on and I’m having a break from cleaning up poo and wee… it beats lying to friends on play dates that what they’ve just walked through is spilled water rather than just another undiscovered puddle…
Any top tips on potty training are welcome, any top tips on what I can do with the remaining 160 stickers also very welcome…