Potty Words

We have had a terrible outbreak of potty words at our house. It’s been going on for months. At first, I just accepted it as a normal, developmental stage. Which it is. But then it got on my nerves. Enough! I told the boys, “no more potty words.”

I told them this a lot.

Which gets old. Very very very old.

So I decided to try a new strategy. If you use potty words, you go sit in the bathroom. Makes sense, yes? I thought this would be worth trying. So when Matthew was saying…. oh, I don’t even remember what now, but it probably involved “poop,” I laid down the law. Using potty words equals a trip to the bathroom.

He said it again. I escorted him to the bathroom.

For the next 20 minutes I got to listen to absolute hysterics. I left the door open and the light on, but he was so completely offended by having to sit in the bathroom that he totally lost his cool. He’d get it together enough to say he was ready to come out, but when I told him he had to sit quietly until the timer went off he would start up again. Finally, he managed to sit quietly for 5 (ok, 4, I admit it. I cheated) minutes I set the timer off and went to survey the damage.

I knew he had been throwing stuff out of the bathroom. He threw all of the books out, and the potty seat, and the stool. He had also completely shredded the toilet paper. But here is my favorite part. He replaced the roll. He even put it on the correct way.

I would have complimented him if we weren’t in the middle of an argument over who had to clean up the mess (not Mommy).

After he calmed down, and cleaned up,  and put on pajamas, and brushed his teeth, and listened to books, I gave him a kiss.

“Mommy,” he said, holding my face in his hands. “Let’s not do that sitting in the bathroom thing again, ok?”

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July 22, 2010. Matthew, Mommy.

One Comment

  1. sthibeault replied:

    Oh you sweet, calm, wonderful mama.

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