Potty Training!! The two words every parents cringes when they say. Somehow a normal rite of passage has become the scariest part of a toddlers life. I’m not saying it’s scary of the toddler, no it’s fun for them, it’s scary for the parent who is lucky enough to be faced with the task. At times it can also be funny. I’m sure any parent who has potty trained was just as nervous as the toddler, but then at the end was laughing at the newly claimed funny stories of their experience. It reminds me of the Clorox commercial here the toddler tells his mom he went poo-poo and the momma gets all excited but discovers there is none in the potty. Upon further investigations she finds her sons “little package” in the bathtub.
When I began potty training my daughter I read up on the task in every parenting magazine and book I could get my hands on. Each one contained a different method. After awhile it all started running together and it seemed like an impossible feat that would never be accomplished. So I put the books down and decided to do I my way.
I went to the store and bought a few packages of M&Ms. I explained to my daughter, who was a 3 year old toddler at the time, that if she went pee-pee in the potty without incident she would receive 1 M&M and if she went poo-poo she would receive 2 M&Ms. Since I did not let her have a lot of chocolate then she was excited to be able to earn the candy she loved so dearly.
It didn’t take long at all before she was running to the bathroom to try to do the deed so she could earn her candy. She even went a few times when she didn’t need to so that she could try anyways so she could get more candy. So during all of this is when she told someone about her candy situation that I still laugh about today. We were having a playdate with a friend of mine and her daughter when my daughter started telling my friend about her potty training adventures. She went on about how she was a big girl now because she used the potty and it had to do with her “magic candy”. When she mentioned the words “magic candy” my friend looked puzzled. She asked my daughter what was “magic candy?” My daughter then told her it was magic because when she used the potty she got candy and then when she ate it she had to potty again. I started laughing cause my friend looks at me and says “you gave her laxative?”
I then had to explain the M&M reward system to my friend and explain how it was candy not magic candy to my daughter.
So do you have a funny potty training story? If so I would love to hear it. If it’s too long to leave as a comment you can email your story to my email or send it on Facebook. If you like I can share it on the blog so everyone can enjoy. When you share your experiences other parents benefit.