Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

OT: Potty-training Mater

Guess what I did this past weekend?

I potty-trained my youngest child.  I have done the same basic method with my other 4 kids, and it worked like a charm with all of them except the one who had some medical issues that got in the way.  So I was pretty confident.  Part of the method involves potty-training a "drink and wet" doll so the child knows what to expect.  Off we went to Target to get supplies.   He was very excited about the new Cars(tm) underwear, and was clutching it in the stroller.  He was delighted with the Cars(tm) potty, too (never mind that we already have 2 potties at home....).  But he absolutely wanted nothing to do with any of the dolls I offered him.  "I want just cars!" he insisted.

Suddenly I remembered the scene in Cars 2 where the tow-truck Mater (thinks he) has an accident and runs off to the bathroom, muttering "I never leak!  I never leak!".  Eureka!  We will potty-train Mater!  So instead of a drink-and-wet doll, I get a little toy tow-truck.  Turns out that this is specifically a Cars 2 model, where Mater is doing a James Bond schtick and has these wings that pop out.  That was great for hand washing time.

My youngest child (and his toy tow-truck!) is a big boy now!


  1. This resulted in a delightful phone conversation. "Daniel, I am doing something I have never done before. I will be toilet-training a tow truck."

    It worked, too...

  2. I may have to try this method! But with the dolly, my babe loves her baby dolls. Thanks for the book link!



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