Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm a bad mommy...



I am SO frustrated that my 3-year-old is still in diapers. I mean, we are not even in pull-ups! It's one thing to change diapers for a sweet little baby, but when it's a work-out with your arms to hold the child's legs up to get the said region clean, it's not fun or cute anymore! Keep in mind, this is my third time to do this! Emily & Ben were potty-trained by this age and it was a fairly easy accomplishment. This time, it's NOT the same! Our little Abby is a tad bit more strong-willed, er, I mean spirited than the other two. Compliance is something we may occasionally glimpse, but most things are a struggle with her. Don't get me wrong, she is a load of fun; brings laughter into our home every day. You never know what she's going to say or do!

So, I have tried all the tricks I know to get her to use the potty. She is not motivated by rewards; she is not motivated by punishment; she is not motivated by coercing... what are we to do?

In my frustration yesterday after one of those unwanted arm workouts, I laid it out for her. She can either use the potty herself or we will have to go see the doctor to get a diaper shot. What's a diaper shot? It's the shot you get so you won't need diapers anymore. Immediate tears and screaming... she doesn't want to choose either one of these options! However, last night, she pee-peed in the potty. We are in underwear right now, so we'll see how the day goes.

I know, this is a bad tactic, but in times of desperation, what must one do? As I am typing this, she just jumped up and said, "I need to go pee pee by myself!" Sometimes, you just got to do what you got to do! I am in no way endorsing this as a potty-training tactic, however...

1 comment:

Maria said...

You are not a bad mommy, you just may have found something that works:)