I was desperate. My moral was low. Cora would pee and poop in the potty but she would not be a consistent potty user. On top of that, she thought that her bowel movements were gifts. In an effort to share the "love" she would poop in her hand and present them to Mom. You can only hold your disgust over such odiferous presents for so long before you feel like crying in frustration. Plus, my mind paniced. If I showed too much admiration, or lack of disappointment, she might decide to do that to a guest. I'm sure Emily Post does not have a chapter on "How to deal with guests reations to childs gift of escrement." Maybe Martha Stewart has some advice...
Now that you understand exactly how low my moral was, let me tell you the brilliant solution. First, Cora learned how to finish the process. She helped me clean up every poop and pee mess. This is part of the "going pee and poop" scenario. If you miss, you clean (or at least help). Second, I pulled out a contemporary of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny (no chocolate egg jokes here), the Tooth Fairy, and the birthday bird. Perhaps you have heard of ...... the POTTY FAIRY!
Said fairy, in an effort to reward the self control of the learning "big kid", leaves little gifts for children who go the whole day without any accidents. They leave this gift on the closed toilet seat in the morning, like the tooth fairy leaves money under your pillow. How long the potty fairy leaves gifts is still up for debate. I am hoping the answer is, as long as necessary.
Its nice to bring magic into my childs life.
Yes. Bribery works on small children. It works really well. Best of all, I no longer recieve little "chocolate" gifts.