Sunday, September 21, 2008


Little Jackson has taken to wanting me to wipe him again. He has been potty trained for over 2 years and is fully capable of performing all functions quite well (well, decently at least). And its a good thing, too, since kindergarten looms in a little less than a year. So this new request to be wiped was fine for a couple of toilet episodes but I could see the writing on the wall: it was not going to end anytime soon and with a baby on the way and a nearly two-year old still in diapers, I will be dealing with my fair share of poop with the unable-to-wipe-themselves variety of children. This convenience needed to be nipped in the bud.

So I used a little tid bit from Tiffany and started wiping him with a bit more vigor and intensity than necessary. Nothing torturous or painful, just a bit harder than that sensitive area prefers. "OW-OW-OW! Mom, why are you doing it too hard?" Because that's how a mom wipes a four-and-a-half-year-old that already knows how to wipe himself, sweetie.

And let me tell you, it did the trick. The very next day I asked him, Do you want me to wipe you, Jackson? I'd be glad to!! "YES! Wait. Are you going to do it hard? No, nevermind. I can do it, Mommy."

Yes, you can. You are such a big boy!! Independence is a very good thing, my love!!


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Anonymous said...

good ideas! i too need to nip this one in the bud....i just am nervous about the messy-ness or unclean part of letting them do it all on their own. hmmm, gotta do it.

Megan said...

If I implemented this in every area that Jenna isn't being independent, well I would be one rough mama. Maybe I will try it in one area at a time.

Diane said...

That's too funny. Love the idea, since my kids are older, I'll have think of a way to do implement this technique in other ways.

Ginger@chirgies said...

OH I am Laughing out loud and dying!!! That is GREAT! I've got to try that one!!!! Wiping themselves, dressing themselves and buckling their seatbelts themselves.... three things that don't come soon enough when you've got a gaggle of little children!
Thanks Jenne and Tiffany!