Potty Training Day

Feb 25, 2009: I just learned that tomor­row we are going to attempt to use the “Pot­ty train­ing in a day” method on Mac. Any advice?

Feb 26,2009 ~*8:30am: Scar­lett & I are at break­fast. Jenn&Mac r doing some sort of CIA tor­ture train­ing ses­sion to get him pot­ty trained in a day.

Feb 26, 2009 ~11am: We’re pot­ty train­ing. By “We” i mean Jenn&Mac. I stand back film­ing this com­ic gold, as no one who hasn’t been through it will believe it.

The process is a gru­el­ing day long process. It involved Mac not wear­ing any dia­pers and just wear­ing under­wear. Every 20 min­utes he is tak­ing to the pot­ty and asked if he has to go. If he still has clean under­wear at that time, he gets a treat — an M&M in this case —, but if he has an acci­dent, he is tak­en to ten dif­fer­ent loca­tions and at each loca­tion he is asked,‘where do we go poop­ie?’ When he says, ‘the pot­ty!’ he is then rushed back to the toi­let and has his under­wear tak­en down and he sits on the pot­ty. We then wait to see if he needs to go. If he doesn’t then we go to anoth­er loca­tion and the same ques­tion and answer ses­sion begins and then again back to the pot­ty. The cycle is repeat­ed ten times.

We are told it is effec­tive, bru­tal­ly effec­tive.

I am not up to date on the lat­est the­o­ries of Respon­dent (Pavlov­ian) Con­di­tion­ing, but at least we aren’t keep­ing him in a cage (our­selves, maybe) but there is some­thing not quite right going on, some­thing sin­is­ter … I can’t quite put my fin­ger on it. More thought is required on this. —11:35 am, Feb 26. 2009