Thursday, April 16, 2009

the power of princesses

The potty training wars are, happily, essentially over.

We finally got serious about things over here recently, and boy did the battles begin. It was particularly frustrating to me that Katie could explain the mechanics of how the toilet worked, but had ZERO interest in putting her theoretical knowledge to the test.

There were many times when I mentally composed lists of things I'd rather do instead of potty training Katie. Luckily, we discovered the carrot for Katie before mom went completely bananas.

I myself do not understand the magical superpowers that Disney princesses possess, but what matters is that they DO exist, and they work on our specific princess. Tell that girl that she can pick out a princess outfit, complete with 'glass slippers,' crown, and purse, and amazing things happen. It only took one backslide (conscious, as opposed to accident) for Katie to decide that things were better while wearing 'Sleeping Princess Aurora,' and we've had relatively smooth sailing since. What's funny to me is that when I hear a little voice coming from the bathroom singing 'MOM! I have a present for you!' I actually think 'EXCELLENT' before I think 'how disgusting.' Non-stop glamour over here.

I keep wondering what prize I should get for completing my part of the potty training. Surely I deserve something a little more exciting than a sticker chart. And I don't really need my own Sleeping Princess Aurora dress - I would NOT want to compete against Katie in that arena.

When it warms up here for real in the next month or so, and we're outside much of the time, Alex is going to be on deck. My hair will need some more thinning out then I'm sure.

3 comments:

Margaret said...

I can't wait to see your princess, and your tiny gentlemen,too!

MiaKatia said...

Theoretical knowledge versus practical application is pretty hard for me too. I know how the dishwasher, washing machine, and oven work I just don't want to sometimes.

WAY TO GO KATIE!!! and an even bigger WAY TO GO KAT!!! potty training is a hair thinning experience. So glad you made it through.

Katie looks like a princess in her outfit!

The Goat Herders said...

Way to go Katie!! We're very proud of you! You make a beautiful princess.
Kat, this is just a reminder that these little ones (and the grown up ones) are really independent operators for as much as we would like to think we have the control!