WARNING: The following post talks a lot about Poop!
Back in the height of potty training, Miss J was having a little bit of trouble getting the poop to actually go in the toilet (read: she was just poopin in her pants!)
We had tried every thing we had heard about: rewards, tossing the precious Dora panties, staying calm and saying its OK, getting a little bit angry, etc. but what we didn't know at the time was that Miss J just wasn't ready to take that poop step.
Around this time, Miss J had also gotten some new jammies (back in the days when she was still wearing 2 piece PJs). They were sweet, with fairies and castles on them and Miss J really loved them. She called them her Special Jammies. One night before bed (and before her diaper was on), she pooped. Perfect, I thought, (mean mom alert!) throwing out the jammies will really teach her not to poop in her pants anymore.
Me: Oh dear, you pooped in your Special Jammies. I guess we're going to have to throw them out.
Miss J (her face immediately crumbling): Oh no! I miss them already!
She broke my heart. So we went to Plan B.
Me: Well we won't throw them out, but you can't wear them anymore until you do your poop in the toilet. OK?
Miss J (still sobbing and devastated): OK
A couple of weeks later, Miss J FINALLY pooped in the toilet. While we were doing the obligatory celebration, she pipes up: Now I can wear my Special Jammies!! She had been thinking of this all that time.
And here she is, happy to be reunited with her Special Jammies at last!