Update: I wrote the following on April 2, 2019, but for some reason I forgot to post it at the time. I think it’s too funny not to share — so, here it is. Enjoy!
I’ve been potty training my three-year-old daughter. Nothing was working until I tried bribery. Even that wasn’t straightforward and easy, but in the end, it was what worked for arriving at our first breakthrough.
The backstory: For her birthday this year, my little one’s bestie gave her a cute set of Melissa and Doug reusable stickers. That turned out to be the best gift EVER — the stickers keep her entertained like no other toy she owns. She usually plays with them for at least a couple of hours each day.
My husband Mike and I bought her a couple more sets of the reusable stickers, and we told her she could have them if she uses the potty.
One of the sticker sets is a farm playset. It has all the usual farm animals, plus a few woodland critters like squirrels and bunnies. One of the scenes is a farmer’s market stand. The stickers for that scene are fresh vegetables, pies, cupcakes, jugs of maple syrup and similar goodies you’d typically find for sale at the farmer’s market.
DD was happily playing with her new stickers. She started by pretending to feed the bunnies carrots. Then she turned to me and said, “Mommy, the bunnies are tired of eating the same things all the time.”
I told her, “Bunnies like green vegetables. They like lettuce and celery, and I bet they’d eat the leaves of these beets and these turnips, too.” I pointed to the lettuce and beets and the turnips.
She said, “My bunnies don’t want eat beets and turnips and lettuce. They want eat pie.”
I told her, “Bunnies don’t eat pie!”
She replied, “MOMMY! My bunnies want PIE!” She glared at me and then added, “Don’t micromanage my fun, Mommy.”
BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Haha! Hah!
I did mention she’s only three, right? Who here has ever heard a three-year-old use the word “micromanage” in correct context in a sentence?
Today’s score: I lost count, but something like 12: potty and 5: accidents. So, I’m going to sign off and wash laundry now…because 5 accidents resulted in a LOT of laundry. Ughh. I cannot wait until this potty training business is a totally done deal.