If you decide to use this method, be aware of the risks … be ready to clean up the mess this might cause. However gross and risky this tip might be, believe or not, moms do swear by it for its effectiveness.
6. No Undies.
Well, I let them run around the house naked, and it helped them make the connection between ‘I’m peeing,’ and, ‘I’m making a mess.’ Sometimes when kids are wearing diapers or pull-ups they don’t notice or care that they’re peeing and pooping. Yes, I had to clean up messes, but it really helped solidify the connection. (8)
If you try the above mentioned tip, hopefully it won’t be too messy. Just make sure to protect your carpet and your couch before doing it.
The next tip does not involve the risk of getting messy but requires tapping into your child’s imagination.
Children love stories so stir up their minds with some fascinating story telling skills which moms are usually good at.
5. Little White Lies.
My middle son was stubborn when it came to #2 on the potty — absolutely refused, no matter the reward. So I finally told him that when we flush, the poop goes out to the sea to feed the fish — so if he didn’t go, then the poor little fish wouldn’t have anything to eat. My son, being the compassionate, sensitive little do-gooder he is, felt it was his mission to poop to “save” the fish. (After all, Nemo and Dory were counting on him!). (9)
Of course it really helps if your child loves Nemo or loves little fishies. I’m sure you can come up with some other spin to the feeding the fish story.
Now if you tried the M&M bribe and it does not work, maybe you are missing a little something to make that technique work … (see next page)