Sunday, August 14, 2016

Progress!

Here's some of what's happening:

  • The last 2-3 days Baby T has been using the potty...at home!!!  Not every single time, but very often.  C has been helping a lot with taking her.  
  • This process started about a year and a half ago when Baby T seemed to be interested and making progress--but that didn't go anywhere, and I was left with a big shelf of prizes collecting dust.
  • I switched things up a few weeks ago by starting to reward just trying, not succeeding, and eventually that led to her succeeding (initially with C).  Baby T has now earned every single one of the My Little Ponies that I had on the prize shelf.  
  • Initially, I was just giving her a small prize every time she succeeded, but she's now working toward a Melissa and Doug ice cream play set that Baby T has wanted for a long, long time.  She just needs one more successful visit to get it (it's a 10 point item).
  • Here's the recent process:  reward for trying > reward immediately for success > reward with larger item for a large number of successes.
  • Baby T also has a huge appetite for craft supplies right now (Scotch tape, Play Doh, etc.) so I should probably put those into the potty prize system.   
  • I also need to suck it up and put her in cotton underpants for a few hours at a time.  This is a scary step for me, but it has to be done soon.
  • The funny thing is that Baby T is 3 years 10 months old now, and this is just about exactly when an older sibling (let's not be too exact about who) potty trained.  
  • The heat is on because while we're on break from parents' day out right now and Baby T's teacher says that she's moving up to a new classroom and she should start trying the underpants.  So it's crunch time...But I think it can be done pretty soon.    

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