Sunday, November 2, 2008

Showdown at the P.P. Corral

Every night, my darling daughter and I have a showdown... in the bathroom (loo/toilet for those not in the continental U.S.). I beg her of the millions of cups of chocolate milk to please, please, please go use the potty before bed. "Puh-leeze....."

She ignores me. I get annoyed. "Go to the potty... NOW!" Still being ignored. "Abigail! Sit. On. The. Potty. " I finally have her attention, but I'm faced with the mutinous chin thrust and a stubborn: "But I don't hafta!"

What to do? A compromise? That won't work. This is an all or nothing issue. Yes she has water-proof sheets on her bed, but washing them everyday gets old rather quickly.

So... we have a contest. Who can go the quickest. Luckily the bathroom walls can't talk. A potty face-off with a four-year old is certainly not my finest moment.


Anonymous said...

Reverse psychology is always good here. "Good. I'm glad you don't need to go. I really don't want you to..." She'll be there in a flash!

M said...

You're having a contest about the potty. I'm having a contest with my daughter about clarinet practise. I'm not sure if it gets better or worse. Or if they shout louder or softer when they're older. Still does my head in.

Stomper Girl said...

You are funny. I don't want to know who wins either.

Blue Mountains Mary said...

Which is why, outrageously lazy mother that I am, that Margot still wears pull up nappies to bed.

Just writing that makes me squirm at my lack of application to sending her to bed pull up free!

Princess Abigail said...

Wow, it must be an 'Abigail' thing.

She will deposit the most amazing things in that potty of hers ... but only with a LOT of personal, erm... presence ... from Mama.

Yup, sounds like an Abigail thing to me!!

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