Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Potty training - to bribe, or not to bribe

Potty training was by far the most difficult task I encountered with my oldest. He never "decided he was ready" like the experts say they'll do. It took forever, and it was the source of much frustration.

So the other day when my youngest decided to once again get naked, just because he could, the little devil on my shoulder came out. I don't know why, but I bribed him to give his potty a try. I said " If you go potty, I'll give you a gummy bear". I know, it's horrible. This goes against my parenting skills totally and completely. I don't bride my kids, I just expect good behavior.

However, it worked. Surprisingly well. Not only did he go, but he continued to want to go all day that day and the next. Each time I felt guilty, but really only a little, for giving him a reward for going potty.

I felt like maybe it was a bad idea so for the past two days I've asked him to go potty without offering the bribe. He goes, sometimes, but not as much as before. I'm not sure if I should continue to bribe him or not. But I suppose if that is the worst harm I do as a parent, then I'm not doing to bad. Seriously, how bad can I mess him up by bribing him with a gummy bear to go potty in the toilet? Only time will tell.



  1. yeah I bribed- eventually they get over it :)

  2. I say go with the bribe. Don't most parents try some kind of sticker chart?


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