Saturday, March 27, 2010

FLOOR - 6; POTTY - 0

Potty Training Part I. And I say "Part I" because at the end of this post it will be quite obvious that there will be a Part II and possible a III or IV.

A week ago yesterday, we started our official Potty Training. I decided to go with the "Potty Training in Less Than a Day" Method by pyschologist Dr. Azrin. It's a method that was developed back in the 70's and has resulted in thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of children learning to use the potty in about 4 hours.

Here's the thing. I'm not stupid. As much as I wanted to believe that this method would work, there was a tiny part of my brain that said "no-way, no-how." But I had to give it a shot.

I believe there were several key factors that resulted in our failure. The first of course being that I was not totally committed as stated above. The second - we had the wrong doll. I'll explain later. The third - Christopher was developing a cold. And as anyone knows - a sick kid just doesn't want to do what they're told. But I don't blame him. When I'm sick, all I want to do is curl up in bed and watch movies while sipping on an ice mocha.

With all that said, I do think we can blame the doll for failure on Part I. The book states you need a doll that the child can teach to go potty. When the child teaches doll, they teach themselves at the same time. The doll should have training pants, a bottle, and should be able to "pee on command". That's right ladies and gentlemen. They need to pee on command. Ours didn't. Of course I didn't realize it didn't until I paid the forty bucks and took it out of it's package - which is something I could write a completely different post about.

After the hour it took me to remove the doll from it's cardboard home, I decided to test it and figure out what exactly I was dealing with before I asked Christopher to do the same. The directions on the package said to give the doll ice cold water from the bottle and in 10 seconds it would start "peeing". That was an absolute, bold-faced LIE.

I took the bottle and placed it in the dolls mouth, gave the bottle a squeeze and ice cold water shot out from her ta-ta onto my shirt. I believe "Seriously??" was the word that came from my mouth. Well I knew right then the whole process was doomed if we didn't have the correct doll. But, I was so prepared. I had the training pants, the potty, the treats, the drinks, and I had even moved all of his toys out of the living room so we wouldn't have distractions.

We went ahead with the plan anyway. We would just have to make use with the doll the best we could. Now look, I could sit here and write another 7 paragraphs about what exactly happened in our 5 hour training session but the last 10 minutes pretty much sums up the whole event.

It was around 12:30 p.m. and by this point Christopher probably drank about an entire liter Coke. It was suppose to make his bladder fill up faster so he used the potty more. But all it did was turn his normal tantrums into screaming rages. He had also peed on the floor (through his training pants) 5 times. When he started to pee for the sixth time in his pants, I did just as the book told me to do. I walked quickly over to Christopher and stated, "Uh oh Christopher, you peed in your pants. Quick Christopher, show me where your suppose to go pee. Quickly Christopher, where do you go pee? Hurry Christopher, hurry to the potty. Go pee-pee in the potty Christopher. Big boys go pee-pee in the potty Christopher. Christopher, go pee-pee in the potty. Daddy goes pee-pee in the potty. Does Christopher want to be like Daddy? Christopher, pee-pee in the potty."

Then we sat quietly for 20 minutes while Christopher didn't pee-pee on the potty. After 20 minutes, I said "That's okay Christopher, we'll just have to hurry next time." So I stood him up, wiped him off, pulled up a clean pair of training pants and watched as urine started streaming down his leg. "Okay Christopher, we're done for today. Mommy is going to go fix a drink. A big one. You go watch Seseme Street and play with your cars."

And that's where we've been for a week. I've order the "Potty Scotty" doll from Amazon and we'll try again as soon as his cold is gone. It's obvious he's ready (see the video above). I'm just hoping all the stars align soon.

1 comment:

  1. I'm on Team Potty - good luck girl! Remember what worked so I can quiz you when it's my turn.:)