my son is now officially a “big boy”

Friday, April 27th, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Individual experience. Results will vary.

I just wanted to follow-up and let you know that my son is now officially a “big boy.” The sticker chart worked great. His stools were already soft (I was worried about that at first, but it wasn’t the problem). He loved the chart, and I actually made three lines with five squares on each one so he¬†would have the chance to earn 3 rewards to get him used to going without crying and to make a good habit out of it. He only needs 2 more stickers to finish out his 3rd line. He has really enjoyed going to Wal-Mart to pick out his “present.” Going to the bathroom is really a non-issue now. He can still be a very stubborn child, and you may be able to recognize that he has to go - but he’ll tell you no if you ask him. It has to be his idea - even if it’s only 30 seconds later!! He’s had a couple of overnight accidents, but we’re not the greatest at holding off on drinks in the evenings, and a couple of times we forgot to have him go before going to bed. However, he has actually woken up in the middle of the night to tell us he needs to go - which is great. He was also able to “hold it” for about 5 minutes while at the circus last weekend because he had to wait until he got off the elephant ride to be able to run to the bathroom. He’s doing wonderfully, and other than that 1st day, it really was a pretty easy process. I’m so proud of him, and I remind him nearly everyday. Now, we’re looking forward to his baby sister’s arrival in a few weeks!

I think this program worked great. A lot of it had to do with the timing. I definitely think the child AND the parent(s) have to be “ready” and willing to make the commitment. I plan to use it with my next child, and I would recommend it (and actually already have) to anyone else working on potty training!

Thanks so much. :) Becky

Becky Kindel, BBA

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