Monday, July 7, 2008
A Path to the Treasure
Before leaving for the beach, we started using a potty chart with Lilypad Princess to encourage the potty training process. I printed out a chart I found online and let LP color it in. Every time she successfully used the potty she would get to put a sticker on one of the stars, leading the dolphin down the path to the treasure chest.
While we were at the beach, Lilypad Princess had a potty breakthrough. She started using the potty on her own without any suggestions, stopping her play, taking off her diaper or underwear and sitting on the potty all by herself. Before the week was even over, LP had completed her potty chart. We took her to the local Dollar Store and told her that she could choose anything she wanted as her treasure. We spent about 45 minutes wandering the store while LP contemplated all the wonderful treasures. For a while I thought it was going to be a little plastic dinosaur that roared, then that was replaced with a pink toilet brush (she has an obsession with them, and this one was pink!).
She ended up taking us very literally and chose a treasure chest. It is a small, unfinished jewelry box that is shaped like a treasure chest that we filled with a necklace, bracelet, and big, blue, flashy ring. LP was so proud of herself that she showed her potty chart to the people in the store and told them that she used the potty like a big girl. The woman at the store was so excited for her that she gave her a bag of gold and silver coins to fill her treasure chest with as well.