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{Dedicated Post} Clorox: When Being Frugal With Kids Backfired

I consider myself to be a very practical person. I clip my coupons, purchase clothing when it’s 75% to wear for the following season in a size larger. It must come from my dad. We lovingly refer to him as “Practical Pete”.  He’s always got an attitude of doing what makes logical and practical sense.It’s good to be practical and frugal, but sometimes my practical “cheap” attitude back fires.

Two words: Potty Training.

The very thought of it makes me dizzy.

Potty training while pregnant may be the worst form of torture.

The smell.

The pee.

The poop.

The mess.

I was nauseous my entire pregnancy. The thought of cleaning up poop and pee was enough to make me gag. Seriously. I gagged so much it was embarrassing. It got to the point with potty training that I would gag about ten times and act like nothing happened, just work through it. Isn’t it funny the things that become “normal” for us when we’re pregnant?

Our son would even act out sitting in front of the toilet gagging. (Great example I am, huh?)

It was my goal to potty train our son before the baby came. I’d heard wonder stories of moms potty training their children in two days, like my old co-worker Sarah does. Our son was showing early signs of potty training and I was on a mission to fulfill my duty as a mother. This was it!

We started very excited. We were consistent. When messes happened, it was ok! We could do it. But surely, slowly, the potty training process wore me down. I was sick and felt terrible. My enthusiasm dwindled.

As part of the potty training process, I would bribe my son to go potty with cheap toys. Plastic frogs and lizards. They were fun to play with for about 5 minutes, but he would quickly lose interest.

For a while I kind of think he might have been out smarting me, just to get the toys. I found out that it costs a whole lot of money to potty train than I had budgeted. These toys were a total waste! Awk! My practical self had lost to bribing our child! I had lost.

What finally did the trick for us and potty training was taking a toy away each time he messed his pants. Then he could earn it back. This worked better for us because he seemed to understand the logic behind this much more and wanted to play with his cars.

Next time, I’m going with stickers and a trip to the store when they are potty trained and not buy the cheap toys!

 

 The Clorox Lounge is turning the bathroom into the laughroom with a community hub designed to be a mom’s go-to place for comedy. Hosted by comedian, actress and mom Sherri Shepherd, the site found at TheCloroxLounge.com features hilarious anecdotes, fun contests, exciting give-a-ways, coupons and just the right amount of comic relief.

The Clorox Lounge activities kick-off with the Last Comic Sitting Competition and Sweepstakes, starting February 27, 2012. During this time, you also have an opportunity to win $10,000 in the Last Comic Sitting Sweepstakes. Simply visit The Clorox Lounge to sign-up and be automatically entered for a chance to win the top prize. Learn more about the Clorox Lounge: http://bit.ly/x7m1OB

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Clorox® blogging program, to earn My SocialMoms Rewards Points. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.

About The Clorox Lounge:

The Clorox Family of Toilet Product’s on-going Ode to the Commode campaign, recognizing the toilet’s vital role in our routine, continues with the launch of The Clorox Lounge, a community hub designed to be mom’s gotta go place for comedy, starting on January 26, 2012. Hosted by comedian, actress and mom Sherri Shepherd, the site found at TheCloroxLounge.com features hilarious anecdotes, fun contests, exciting give-a-ways, coupons and just the right amount of comic relief.

About Last Comic Sitting Competition & Sweepstakes

The Clorox Lounge activities kick-off with Last Comic Sitting Competition and Sweepstakes, starting February 27, 2012. Over the course of eight weeks, 10 of the funniest mom and dad comics will go head-to-head in a stand-up throw-down for the chance to sit on the throne and be crowned the Last Comic Sitting. Each week, they’ll face a new challenge and based on consumer voting one will be eliminated. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000. For four weeks, you will have the opportunity to vote and narrow the comics down to the top mom and top dad.

You also have an opportunity to win $10,000 in the Last Comic Sitting Sweepstakes. Simply visit The Clorox Lounge to sign-up and be automatically entered for a chance to win the top prize. You can generate up to two additional entries each day, per day, by logging in and commenting, until April 22, 2012. Fans can also enter for a chance to win cool prize packs. Ten will be given each week, for twelve weeks, until April 22, 2012.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/x7m1OB

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