The Jasper Chronicles

The Journal of a Cynical Dad

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


It took over a hour of gentle coaxing, but at 4:55 this afternoon, The Boy sat down on his potty and took a pee all by himself. His usual M.O. lately is to hide in the spare bedroom and pee on the floor. This time I followed him in and placed the potty beside him everywhere he went.

It finally took a demonstration by his Veggie Friends to convince him the potty was okay. First the Onion took a "pee", then the Cabbage "pooped", and finally the Green Pepper took his turn. This trio of (likely the most heinous tasting) vegetables seemed to do the trick - an hour and five minutes after the process began, he sat down on his potty, skooched it behind the bed and peed.

Whoo Hoo!

On the downside, toilet training has been surprisingly stressful on The Boy, and we've been very low-key about it. We don't force him on the seat, we don't scold him when he has an accident, and we're generally chipper and upbeat about the whole thing. We do keep asking him to try the potty though, and it appears this gentle pressure is affecting him.

I would have never expected this type of reaction; he's usually so easy going. Even though we were laughing and playing the whole hour this afternoon, there were times it seemed forced, like he was trying to pretend he had no bladder.

I hope this gets better not worse. Because if it gets worse, I'm not sure what we're going to do.