Turn your eyes, you non-parents who have never potty-trained. You have been warned.
Both our girls are potty-training. Jerah, the youngest, is cruising right along. Eden was a little more reluctant. We had tried various motivational methods for Eden. Giving her stickers when she pottied. Giving her books to read as a reward.
Finally, I had an idea.
“Let’s give her money when she potties” I tell my wife.
So, every time Eden went to the potty, she got 5 pennies. Not much money, but 5 pennies to her is a whole lot more than 1 quarter. Well, she went for the first time, got pennies.
Then she went again, got 5 more. Then again. And again.
Saturday and Sunday, she had only two accidents. Other than that, she has pottied everytime. And gotten 5 pennies everytime. Her piggy bank is getting full and we are out of pennies in our house.
Ahhh…behold the power of money.