Friday, August 21, 2009

On the other hand, he's not materialistic.

Ben is still stubbornly refusing to be potty trained. Here are the signs that he's ready:

1. Can be "dry" for extended periods of time...like, overnight.
2. After we discover a dry diaper and put him on the potty, he goes like a champ.
3. Will hide when he has to poop.
4. Then comes and asks for us to change his diaper.
5. And will bring us the new diaper and wipes.
6. AND will put the dirty diaper in the diaper pail (only wets...#2's go in the garage.)

Here are the reasons why he's not potty trained yet:

1. He refuses to wear underwear.
2. He won't tell us when HE has to use the potty. It's always us suggesting it.

Last night, he almost left the house to poop in his pants. Aaron offered the following, "Don't you want a new car or truck? If you go in the potty, you'll get a new toy!"

Ben said, "Me have enough toys!"

7 comments:

Noel said...

So "cash for clunkers" may not become "trucks for plunkers"?

Da Godfather said...

While I admire Ben's wanting to go "commando", I think he is still a little young for that stage of life. But the "Trucks for Plunkers" program could be abused by a clever little individual.

Lyz said...

I'm tempted to use negative reinforcement like certain parents I know...each time he poops his pants, take a toy AWAY.

Beth said...

Oh boy. Can't wait for THIS stage in a couple years...

Noel said...

And when the negative re-enforcement approach is used on future English teachers, the parent threatens to take away a Jane Austen novel when the diaper is full instead of the toilet....

BlueCastle said...

This reminds me of when we were there in May. As we were in the living room, talking with your man, Aaron abruptly stopped talking to ask "Ben, do you have squishy pants?". To which Ben replied by running from the room and down the hall, Aaron in his wake. That was the funniest moment of our entire visit. That and when your sister was making the baby play the drums and teaching Leah dance moves from the 80's. Your family is such a hoot.

Noel said...

Hopefully no squishy futon in the future, either...but based on our experience, watch out for the pinch points. No fun to make an emergency room visit with copious amounts of blood coming from a finger tip.