Zoe has declared herself to be in potty training. If it were up to me, I would have waited until this summer when 1) she will be wearing fewer clothes 2) she will spend a great deal of time outside where messes are easier to clean up and 3) when school isn't in session.
Anyway, as I said, she has decided it's time to be potty trained. Here's how it works in this house. During the potty training time children are rewarded for successful trips to the potty. If they go potty they receive 3 M&M's and if the do their other business they receive 5 M&M's. One day, Zoe sits down to breakfast, about halfway through the meal she declares that she needs to go poopy. I take her to the potty and, lo and behold, she successfully completes her duty and is rewarded 5 M&M's right in the middle of breakfast. Over the next several days she has several successful trips to the bathroom and is dutifully rewarded.
Well, the child who used to have a total of two poopy diapers a day is now a pooping machine and managing to go about six or seven times a day. Do you think maybe she's playing this for all it's worth? How much weight do you think she will gain in this process? How long do you think it will be before I am totally out of M&M's?
Guess where she is right now. Yes, you're right, having just gone poopy five minutes ago, she is once again on the potty chair. She has stayed dry al day and if she has another dry day tomorrow she is going to be sporting a sweet pair of princess underwear. She's pretty excited!