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Potty Training Pirates
by Lisa Barker   
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Last edited: Monday, March 12, 2007
Posted: Monday, March 12, 2007

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When potty training pirates look out for canaon balls. (Parenting/Humor)


Today my three-year old is barefoot, wearing shorts, a t-shirt and a necktie. Its only fifty-four degrees.

Still, this is a vast improvement. His former attire of choice was just a diaper and his Nemo sandals.

No matter what, though, hes always a pirate in his mind and heart and he always wears a necktie.

His sister asked him why he wears the necktie. He said its because hes ready to go to church. Now what parent wouldnt leap for joy at that proclamation?


I told him he had to stop wetting his pants and start using the bathroom like big boys (and pirates) do if he wanted to join us at church. Hes not quite ready to take the bait even though he really, really wants to go.

I really, really dont want to deal with a diaper blowout in a solemn and sacred place...and I dont want to punctuate the service with his yowls as I change him in the van outside.

So Ive upped the ante. I let him know that he would be able to go to church AND school (something he asks about all the time) if he stopped wetting his pants. I also told him he could even play in the front yard with the other big kids.

I suspect that somewhere between me offering him a pony and all the ice cream he can eat, hell see things my way.

Its not like theres any rush. Hes the fifth child, so were more lenient with him. The firstborn had to be trained at two years of age. Within a week we were accident free.

The next child took a bit longer. So now that weve come to the last child our philosophy has become this: Hell stop going in his pants sometime before he starts kindergarten. Right??

So how do YOU bribe your kids to stretch for that next level of growth? How do you encourage them to try out the next level of maturity?

It was the three-year old that came up with a solution. He wants to play with his pirate ship in the bathtub.

You cant do that if youre not a big boy and use the pot like youre supposed to...ALL THE TIME. Im not about to strain tub water for wayward misfired canon balls.

But Im a pirate!

And Im the British Navy. No potty and poop in the pot, no sailing. Tough ultimatum for a pirate, I know.

I think we may have reached a compromise. Hes stocking up supplies for his ship in anticipation of a maiden voyage. Well see.

Even Captain Hook had to give up pull-ups for underpants at some point. Arrr.

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Lisa Barker - Jelly Mom is written by Lisa Barker, mother of five and author of "Just Because Your Kids Drive You Insane... Doesn't Mean You Are A Bad Parent!" and is syndicated through Martin-Ola Press/Parent To Parent. To publish Jelly Mom, buy the book or leave comments, please visit Sign up for the complimentary Jelly Mom weekly newsletter and receive a BONUS GIFT!

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