On April 2, 2012 I started potty training my daughter. (Now that isn't completely accurate. We've been practicing sitting on the potty and talking about the potty for months.) That day we had a poop fiasco. I'll spare you the details but my daughter was traumatized and I was happy to let her go back to diapers for a while.
forward to June 30th. Sweet Pea walked into the bathroom and announced
that she wanted to use the potty. I dropped everything for the day and
we started potty training. Within a couple of hours I had a reward
system in place and she was doing spectacularly well. Every time she
tinkled she got 2 rocks. Every time she pooped she got 11. (No rhyme to the number of rocks it's just what came out when I was talking to her.) She
immediately began earning rewards: a new box of crayons, a bowl of
popcorn all for herself, etc. Her main goal was to get her very own
tricycle. My goal was to keep her motivated long enough to build a
habit. This was perfect. She didn't want to miss any opportunity to
score rocks for the jar. Pooping was the most exciting because it paid
off with the biggest rewards.
She was victorious and has been almost completely accident free ever since
that fateful day in June. And yes, she earned her tricycle about 20 days later.