Monday, January 23, 2017

Yes Ma'am! *salutes*



This little 4 year old has brought about a great reminder to the family.
She wears panties all day and during naps and has no problems, but at nights she wears pull-ups because she can have an accident here and there. (Particularly on a night we stay out way too late/birthday party sugar crash/holidays etc.)

So after agreeing she's totally old enough and capable to stay dry all night we said "it's time" and started her on a keep the panties dry all night plan. The plan consisted of the same way she was rewarded for potty training at age 2: Junior Mints.

She panicked when we introduced this plan because she wanted those chocolates so SO badly but was afraid she'd wet her pants and forfeit the opportunity to get those sweet treats. She started crying and protesting "BUT I CAN'T! I CAN'T KEEP MY PANTIES DRY! I don't know what I'm doing at night! I can't, I can't do it!"
and we said "whatever your mind tells your body to do, it does. So if you've made up your mind and say you can't - then you're body says 'yes ma'am!' and salutes you and does what you say because you're in charge of your body. So it's totally up to you - either tell your body you can't hold your potty and be wet in the morning, or tell your body you can hold your potty and get chocolates in the morning - either way, it will say 'yes ma'am'."

Her little wheels were turning. She couldn't believe it. Her little 4 year old self had that much power?

That night at bedtime she stood on her bed and said out loud to all of us "I believe I'll keep my pull-ups dry!" and we all agreed and gave high-fives. I let her know how and where to go potty if she needs to go in the middle of the night, left a light on in the bathroom, and we all went to bed. The next morning - totally dry.
And sister got 2 Junior Mints.
The next day, and the next day and the next day and every day for over a week she goes to bed saying "I believe I'll keep my panties dry!" and she wakes up dry. Even with some middle of the night bathroom breaks, like a big girl.

It's not some magical mantra. It's not even the words she's saying. It's faith! It's age-four-faith -is-just-as-good-as-age-fifty-or-thirty-or-whatever-aged-faith. She believes and she's attached her heart and faith to that belief. And through that small but powerful faith, she's receives the ability to do what her heart desires.

All throughout the day when she says "I can't" to something, I salute her and say "yes ma'am! we (her body and all the parts that make it up) can't!" and then she giggles and says "I can" and I salute her and say "yes ma'am! We can!" and runs off to do whatever she thought she couldn't or was too lazy to do.

It feels good to operate in faith. To live on purpose. It is right for man to call the shots and not just take things lying down, so to speak. There is so much we cannot govern or control, but let's be faithful to steward over what we can. It's our responsibility and joy.

Just ask Nora:)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Yes Ma'am! *salutes*



This little 4 year old has brought about a great reminder to the family.
She wears panties all day and during naps and has no problems, but at nights she wears pull-ups because she can have an accident here and there. (Particularly on a night we stay out way too late/birthday party sugar crash/holidays etc.)

So after agreeing she's totally old enough and capable to stay dry all night we said "it's time" and started her on a keep the panties dry all night plan. The plan consisted of the same way she was rewarded for potty training at age 2: Junior Mints.

She panicked when we introduced this plan because she wanted those chocolates so SO badly but was afraid she'd wet her pants and forfeit the opportunity to get those sweet treats. She started crying and protesting "BUT I CAN'T! I CAN'T KEEP MY PANTIES DRY! I don't know what I'm doing at night! I can't, I can't do it!"
and we said "whatever your mind tells your body to do, it does. So if you've made up your mind and say you can't - then you're body says 'yes ma'am!' and salutes you and does what you say because you're in charge of your body. So it's totally up to you - either tell your body you can't hold your potty and be wet in the morning, or tell your body you can hold your potty and get chocolates in the morning - either way, it will say 'yes ma'am'."

Her little wheels were turning. She couldn't believe it. Her little 4 year old self had that much power?

That night at bedtime she stood on her bed and said out loud to all of us "I believe I'll keep my pull-ups dry!" and we all agreed and gave high-fives. I let her know how and where to go potty if she needs to go in the middle of the night, left a light on in the bathroom, and we all went to bed. The next morning - totally dry.
And sister got 2 Junior Mints.
The next day, and the next day and the next day and every day for over a week she goes to bed saying "I believe I'll keep my panties dry!" and she wakes up dry. Even with some middle of the night bathroom breaks, like a big girl.

It's not some magical mantra. It's not even the words she's saying. It's faith! It's age-four-faith -is-just-as-good-as-age-fifty-or-thirty-or-whatever-aged-faith. She believes and she's attached her heart and faith to that belief. And through that small but powerful faith, she's receives the ability to do what her heart desires.

All throughout the day when she says "I can't" to something, I salute her and say "yes ma'am! we (her body and all the parts that make it up) can't!" and then she giggles and says "I can" and I salute her and say "yes ma'am! We can!" and runs off to do whatever she thought she couldn't or was too lazy to do.

It feels good to operate in faith. To live on purpose. It is right for man to call the shots and not just take things lying down, so to speak. There is so much we cannot govern or control, but let's be faithful to steward over what we can. It's our responsibility and joy.

Just ask Nora:)