I wanted to have Kaye potty trained before Elle came into our lives. I liked the idea of purchasing diapers for one less person. I didn’t like the thought of potty training while I nursed and took care of the demanding needs of a newborn baby.
We started potty training the week before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day was the first day she had no accidents. Two months later, Elle was born. While I was at the hospital, the accidents began to reoccured with Grandma and Grandpa watching Kaye at our home. She knew something was going on, especially since that was the first time mom was gone for several days.
I thought that maybe when I got home from the hospital, things would get better again. Nope. Wrong. It actually got worst. We were all paying a little less attention to Kaye. Not on purpose. Of course not. The demands of a new born baby required a lot of mommy’s attention. All of a sudden Kaye wasn’t mom’s little sidekick. That made her sad. It made me sad. So to get mom’s attention, she had accidents. Quite often. Bad attention was better than no attention, right?
People would come over to visit the new baby. Kaye would come sit on my lap while we had company over and pee while sitting on me. People used come see her. Now they only asked her about the new baby. Not so much about how her day was going. It was embarrassing and frustrating to clean up accidents, Kaye and myself while having guests over. I would lecture Kaye about going to the potty. She would respond with full understanding only to have another accident later that day.
This was when the princess idea came to life. Kaye loved Disney princesses. So I purchased a set of princess figurines, it came in a set of seven princesses. Every few days Kaye would go without having an accident, a princess showed up on her pillow right before bed. She came with a personal note telling Kaye how well she was doing not having any accidents because princesses go potty in the toilet. If there was something Kaye needed to work on, the princesses would relay that message. It was more effective coming from a princess than from mom.
The catch was if she had an accident again, then the princesses would go away (one at a time). And I told her that the princesses went away when she had accidents because it made them sad. Princesses only want to be with big girls who can go potty in the toilet. She eventually earned all her princesses back. This reverting thing only lasted two weeks with this princess system.
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