Toilet training treats

If my kids knew I was writing about pee and poo they’d be rolling on the floor laughing because pee and poo is funny. I once asked my mum when they’d grow out of toilet humour and without missing a beat she replied “About age fifty.”

Toilet training in our house has always been achieved with a large jar of M&Ms and a stash of chocolate frogs – an M&M for successful ‘quick visits’ and a chocolate frog for ‘bigger jobs’, if you get my meaning. I’ll admit I have been criticised for this approach – many well-meaning friends and family members have suggested that perhaps stickers on a reward chart would suffice. Maybe, but for something as major as toilet training my approach has been ‘speak their language’ (i.e. chocolate) and the whole experience is done with pretty quickly. I will confess that this strategy did result in my kids saying “I need a chocolate frog” rather than “I need to do a poo” for a short time but hey, we got there in the end!

A fan of customisable M&Ms, Greg Allen, obviously supports my ‘chocolate-bribe-toilet-training’ strategy because he came up with his own true toilet training currency – pee and poo M&Ms.

We have featured customisable M&Ms previously on Babyology although couldn’t resist telling you about Allen’s unique use of the service. I will let you know that the words ‘pee’ and ‘poo’ don’t pass the test for appropriate messages on M&Ms (so not sure how Allen got his!). That said, ‘wee’ passes muster – perhaps I need to order a big bag of yellow wee M&Ms to supplement the chocolate frogs…

For a longer lasting toilet training memento, consider a plush Pee & Poo (yes, really).

(via Daddy Types)

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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