Alarmingly, Christmas products are already in the stores, so I thought it would be timely to submit this hack:
If your child likes Playmobil and you are thinking of embarking on toilet training over the next twelve months, snap up a couple of Playmobil advent calendars while they are in the stores, and stash them away till you're ready. Advent calendars are like ready-made potty training reward charts, complete with prizes.
The prospect of opening an advent calendar door for each success worked amazingly well to motivate my 3-year old son after chocolate buttons, jellybeans, temporary tattoos and a sticker chart had all failed. It was like magic!
I'm not in any way affiliated with the company, though I have played with their toys since the 1970s. Obviously this hack is only suitable for children who are old enough for the small parts not to be a choking hazard.
Advent calendars are a Christmas tradition I've always admired (I'm a Hanukkah celebrator myself). So simple, so fun, and SO PERFECT FOR POTTY TRAINING, SHONA! Perfect for any type of reward system, really.
If the "little toy reward" idea appeals to you or your kid, there are some pretty cool LEGO advent calendars as well. I'm partial to the LEGO Star Wars version, because you can never have too many mini Yodas. There's even a mini version of that funny, black rolling robot droid that ran/rolled away when Chewbacca roared at it in the original movie! That's one of my favorite moments in the whole film!
OK. Breathing. I'm not sure if it's Star Wars mania or my love of tiny toys, but I need to regain my composure. Or buy an advent calendar to hang in my office…hmmmm…
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