Friday, May 25, 2012

Toilet monsters and three bite charts

So we're into some gross stuff lately. Like bugs for instance. Nate has discovered the joy of bugs. Digging for them, finding them, squishing them (though he tries not to most of the time), following them and making me reveal where the bug in question is going (usually to find food or look for his mommy).  I can deal with the roly-polys, ants and worms. But that child better not start playing with spiders.


My little dirt ball

The other gross thing we're into these days is the "toilet monster." It was my brilliant idea to encourage use of the toilet over the diaper. Because the toilet monster needs to eat and drink every day, you see. Yeah, I didn't think this one through so much. There's something really disturbing about telling your child a creature eats poop and drinks pee. Nate thinks it's funny, and it is resulting in a bit more potty use, but who knows if the mental damage I'm inflicting on him is worth it. Only his future therapist knows.

My other brilliant idea was the "Three Bite Chart." Well, it wasn't so much my idea, as one I stole from sesamestreet.org. But still. I put it into action! Any time my picky eater tries three bites of a new food, he gets a sticker on his chart. Ten stickers and he gets a jar of bugs to feed the toilet monster! No, I'm kidding. That's not what the toilet monster eats, silly.

The first day we had the chart, Nate got a sticker for eating my turkey cutlets. He's never eaten any meat I've prepared, so I was pretty psyched and feeling fairly brilliant. The next day he got another sticker. He ate my chicken! We were on a roll! And now, it's been like 2 weeks and we still only have those 2 stickers. At this rate, it doesn't look like he'll get a new puppy any time soon. Even the fake one I promised him.


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