"Mom, how does the Tooth Fairy fly through the air?"
"How do YOU think?"
"I think moms do it."
"But how can a Mom be a Tooth Fairy?"
"Good moms are lots of things, Princess."

Friday, April 2, 2010

SB- Day Two or The Toileting Beginneth

This morning I came down after my deliciously late shower, and the first thing I saw was Princess standing and watching tv while jiggling her leg. Well. No time like the present.

On every hour on the dot today, I sent her to the bathroom to sit for five minutes. The first time, I glanced in and, yes indeedy, she was sitting on the toilet.

With the seat down.

And her pants up.

So I reframed. "Um. Princess. I'm sorry I did not make myself clear. I meant you should sit on the toilet AS IF YOU WERE GOING TO USE IT. Because, you know, that's what the toilet is in here for."


But, I will say, she did use it every time I told her to without complaint or grouch. And she drank a small glass of water after, also without complaint or grouch. We spent the day at a friends house (with her neighbors and their children), and she only almost lost it once. She was pleasant all day with an episode at 4:00. And

(wait for it)

Just before 6:00 she said, "Mom, I'm going to use the toilet now. 'K?"

I'll wait a minute for you to pick yourself up off the floor.

THEN! Bedtime. Before dinner I told her I wanted to let her know ahead of time that her bedtime would be 7:30. Because I know how upsetting it is for her when she thinks she's going to bed early, so this way she would be able to watch the clock. Also, 7:30 would leave plenty of time for her to have her fit and be settled down by 8:00.

And you know what?

She got ready for bed.
She let me read her a story.
She let me pray with her.
She let me sing her a song.

I took a few books up with me to tuck her in. I said, "there's still plenty of time for you to have your fit. But if you're not up to it tonight, here are some books to read."

She let me hug her.
She let me kiss her.
She let me tell her I love her.



  1. AW!!!!! Take my word for it, I am smiling SO big for you guys!

  2. I just started reading your blog, but having RAD kids of my own... this made me cry! Prescribing sooo works! Congratulations!!!

    Mary in TX