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Tales from the Potty

 Word of the Day: Pee

Potty training has arrived in our house. We’ve been dabbling in the concept for quite some time. We bought the girls little pots back when they were 18 months old and they instantly became part of their toy stash. Stuffed animals sat on them; they were carried around the house and used as castles. They make fine hats. We have been reading potty books of every kind for at least six months. Once they started watching TV, Elmo’s Potty Video was stuck into the machine weekly. When I asked them if they wanted to use the potty themselves, the answer was always “no.” Elmo, Ernie and a myriad of other famous friends used the pot, but not Lyra and Ripley. Lately, the girls have been putting their princess or Barbie dolls on the pot and saying “PEEEEE.” I have also been educating myself with adult potty training manuals. I know the checklist for when they’re “ready” to start. I know that “no pressure” is the key. The girls can go all morning without a diaper change. They are ready. Who knows how long it’s going to take – but no pressure!

Our main strategy is practice. The girls practice twice a day, morning and night. They can choose either the little potty or the big potty with the potty seat. And if they pee or poo – THEY GET A STICKER! My girls will basically do anything for a sticker – except pee or poo on the pot. I can’t believe that the sticker trick isn’t getting that pee flowing into pots on a daily basis. Each girl has had one clear success (not an accident swiftly moved onto the pot.) A few weeks ago, Lyra had a tremendous morning delivery on the small pot. We must have praised her too much because she hasn’t done it since with one of us. However, last Sunday when we were visiting my Dad, their God Aunty Catherine took them off for a jaunt. They returned 15 minutes later claiming that each had gone on the pot. Catherine confirmed. She had held them over the toilet and each had contributed a little something. We were thrilled. Stickers were awarded when we got home. The next morning, they sat and sat on their potty seat, and not a drop was had from either girl.

And so, the journey continues…

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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