Friday, December 7, 2007

Potty Training Motivation

Joy commented on one of my posts saying this:

Another good question is how do you keep her excited about going potty? Karen was all into it about a week and a half ago, and now I can put her up there all I want and she won't do anything! And that's sad because for a few days she did really good too!

Truthfully, I have no idea! Hopefully we'll never come to that. I don't really have to motivate Rachel to want the potty--I just kinda stick her on it and she goes. That's the beauty of elimination communication: if you start early enough the child just thinks it's normal. You don't have to bribe them.

Otherwise, I think almost every child gets bribed.

Sticker charts...toys...

I don't know. I don't remember being potty trained, precisely. I know Heather has a system worked out where x-amount of times in the potty and Ian can choose a car. And Abra gives Kai a prize if he poops in the toilet.

Perhaps they'll elaborate on their methods... Any other ideas?

1 comment:

Marseille Stephenson said...

I"m a friend of Bonnie's (well, our husbands were roommates), and I have never known so many people into elimination communication. My son is 2 1/2 and he was the first kid in our ward to ever be potty trained (the oldest kid is 3 1/2 and he just learned). We stopped using diapers in Sept. One girl is 17 months and her parents started teaching her in October. I think their method is more E.C. because she doesn't tell them when she needs to go, she just holds it. You could try having sign language, but it'll take them a couple months to learn.