This is WAY OFF my usual topics though it's a continuous "issue" in our lives at the moment. We take care of our 4 year old grandson, Charlie, while his parents work. Our daughter-in-law teaches so we DO get time off in the summer and the usual holiday breaks which we need because taking care of a pre-schooler is tiring! But we absolutely love it! He's a fun, witty, loving, little guy! Oh, and he's absolutely adorable with his brown eyes and white curly hair.
So here's the "problem": He still doesn't like to take time to "poop on the potty". Is this TMI? Sorry, I'm just keeping it real here! I'm sure most of you reading this are Moms or Grandmas so this is kind of normal child rearing talk.
Charlie is very active and even though he knows he has to go, he doesn't like to stop and take time out of his playtime. He just goes "on the run"!
We and his parents have tried numerous tactics.Potty videos, books, etc. Right now we both have charts posted and give him stars for each time he "poops on the potty". After 5 stars he gets to pick out a little toy car. This works "when he feels like it". Their pediatrician told them to make him clean himself up afterwards but that didn't work too well. He started liking that responsibility and didn't want our help. He'd happily run and get his backpack, clean" pull-ups", wipes and run into the bathroom saying, "I can do this! I don't need help." But he kind of DID need help!
One of our tactics was to try and catch him BEFORE he "went". So one day when we were in the car and he said he had a tummy ache, we saw this as OUR OPPORTUNITY. So I said, " A tummy ache is a SIGN that you have to go poop." Then my husband joined in in agreement, "Yes, Charlie, that's a SIGN so we'll go home so you can go in the potty!" We kept on stressing this with great excitement thinking we'd found the "secret". "Yes, Charlie, that's a SIGN!" We looked in the back to see Charlie waving his arms to stop our talking and said emphatically, "No, No, No guys,guys, guys! There are STOP SIGNS, and DON"T WALK SIGNS but THERE ARE NO POOP SIGNS!"
We just looked at each other and my husband said," Well, he DOES have a point!" Then we burst into laughter. Charlie always comes up with something to say that has some truth to it!
So, we're still working on this! He can't even go to pre-school until he has this mastered so we've got work to do! Thankfully he has another year and a half before he goes to kindergarten!
If anyone has any advice in this area please leave your ideas in the comments section! We would really appreciate it!
This is Charlie with the life-sized Little Orphan Annie doll my mother-in-law made for our daughter when she was young. Sadly, Annie's dog, Sandy, (which she also made) got thrown in with all the stuffed animals that went into a garage sale before our daughter went off to college.