Have you ever had a toddler who was learning how to use the big boy/girl potty but flat out refused to go in public for fear that the toilet was going to self flush?? Well when Lynner was around 2.5 years old we took her to Olive Garden for dinner and the toilet in the ladies room flushed on her SEVEN times which scared her half to death. She had been completely potty trained for almost six months at that point. A week later we were at Toys R Us and she was begging to go home. Not just asking, but BEGGING. I had no idea what was wrong with her, I honestly thought she was sick. What child begs to go home when they are in the middle of a toy store! I had several things I needed to do while I was there so I kept asking her why she wanted to go home and she never did give an answer, at least verbally, but when I heard the tinkle on the ground I instantly knew. When I asked her why she didn't ask to go to the bathroom she admitted she was scared. Luckily Toys R Us has diapers in the restroom so I was able to put one on her and still finish shopping. She had a dress on so we just tossed her undies and went on our way.
Fast forward a few weeks and I am on the phone with my momma complaining that I can't get Lynner to use a public restroom to save my life. I told momma that she was terrified of the self flushing toilets and that she flat out REFUSED to go. My momma was a smart, smart woman she instantly says "well buy some post-it notes and slap one over the sensor so it won't flush on her". Next trip to the store we buy some post-its and go into the bathroom and I show Lynner how her new "magic stickers" work and she was so impressed! Magic Stickers have helped so many children in my life since that day. We are getting ready to potty train The Fish and let me tell you one of the first things that will go in my potty training pack is some good ole Magic Stickers, aka Post-It notes. And that my friends WORKS FOR ME! For more ideas go check out Kristen at We Are THAT Family!