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Candy Tactics your kids will love

I’ve never been one to have a sweet-tooth. In fact I could go without candy and dessert without ever needing a ‘fix’ – bottom line I have no need for candy or sweets of any kind. However, other circumstances have made me Love candy in ways you couldn’t imagine… Wait maybe you can imagine.

I have compiled the top 5 reasons why I love candy…can you relate? 

1. Potty-Training – I used the candy tactic on my toddler when she was potty training. One jelly bean for each time she went to the bathroom. It worked wonders! She was fully potty trained before 2.5 years old.


2. Eat your food and you get dessert – my little one is not necessarily a ‘picky’ eater. She pretty much eats everything, including fruits and veggies, but she can be an “annoying” eater, as in she plays with her food and takes forever to finish.  That’s when I bring out the candy or dessert tactic… “You can have dessert when you finish all of your food”


3. Clean-up time bribing – Getting your child to clean up after themselves can be challenging at times…But not when you bring out the candy tactic. “I’ll give you a lollipop after you pick up all of your toys” – works like a charm. 


4. Behave in public – She’s normally a really well behaved kid so I don’t use this very often, but when she decides she wants to act out – I definitely gotta pull out the candy card. 


5. Bedtime – This one is very rare but has worked.  “Close your eyes and go sleepy time, when you wake up I’ll take you to get some frozen yogurt. I did it last night…she woke up asking for her frozen yogurt. Lol


These tactics have worked out great! Probably because she has a sweet tooth lol. I do not give her candy every time I use the tactic though… It’s just a way to get her to do something and then I entertain her until she forgets about it. As parents we gotta figure out what works best for each of us because if we don’t find alternatives that work we can easily go crazy. Lol 

I hope you find my candy tactics helpful. what do you do to get your child to perform a task? Share your tactics. I may need to switch up mine here and there.” 🙂



Potty – Training Part Deux

Arrrghh this mama needs some sleep!  For the past two days I would say I’m probably running on 7 hours of sleep all together.  I don’t know if you remember from my previous potty training post; Kiara had regressed in her potty training and was refusing to go to the potty.  Well, this post is basically a continuation of my previous potty training post.   Since then she has been slowly getting back into her routine of doing pee-pee in the potty (she’s been poopy trained since the age of about 14-15 months).  Today, I am happy to announce that my Kiara is doing great!  All of last week and these past few days she has been wearing underwear throughout the day instead of diapers.  Woo Hoo!  She has had a couple of mishaps when she didn’t make it to the toilet in time, but that’s ok.  I’ve been putting diapers only to sleep since she still can’t hold it through the entire night (not that she sleeps the entire night – but that’s a different story hahaha).

Although I am so super excited that she will soon be completely off diapers at the age of 2 years and 1 month, the past two days have been awful.  She has been waking up in the middle of the night announcing “mommy pee-pee potty, pee-pee potty go go go,” Last night she woke up 3 times and the night before she woke up 4 times!! That’s not counting the times she wakes up to ask for water or leche (milk).  Anyway, I literally have to jump out of bed like a mad woman, pick her up, run to the toilet, put on her toilet seat on the toilet (because she now refuses to do it in her little potty), take her diaper off and sit her on the toilet, all within milliseconds so that she doesn’t pee on herself. Now, imagine that 3-4 times throughout the night… I was ready to pull my hair out. Next thing you know its 7AM and time for mommy to get up and get ready to go to work while she sleeps peacefully until 10 – 10:30AM.

But, today is a new day; sleep deprived and everything, but closer to conquering the potty-training stage.  At the end of the day it is all worth it, fewer diapers, and fewer messes.  She is also already learning how to properly wipe after going to the potty and wash herself during bath time.  Although our little munchkin seems to be growing so fast, we are definitely grateful she is eager to learn and is already so independent in her ways; we absolutely welcome and encourage it.



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Potty-Time Nightmare

My daughter is 2 months shy of turning 2 years old and has been poopy trained since before she turned 1 1/2 as well as partially peepee trained.  I say partially because she still wears diapers to go to bed and still has the occasional mishap if she can’t make it to the potty on time.  However, she always announces when she needs to go and barely wets the diaper.  We are so very proud of her and we are really looking forward to the day when she’s fully trained.

But, as you can tell by the title, there’s more going on than the wonderful accomplishment of this milestone. As much as I’d like to keep bragging about my daughter, potty time has recently become a nightmare.  Last week my daughter woke up and decided she no longer wanted to pee in the potty.  We found it odd that time would pass and she would not announce she needed to pee; only later realizing her diaper was soaked. My hubby and I would ask her every 30 minutes “do you need to go pee pee potty?” she would always reply “no, no pee pee potty.” We also took her to the potty even if she said she didn’t need to go.  We would do dances, sing made up potty songs and I would go
with her when I needed to go.  We also tried having her pee on the big potty and wearing just underwear throughout the day (but she would wet them).  Nothing was working and we were beginning to become frustrated and to lose hope.  Just the thought that she was almost completely off diapers and then one day she had a change of heart was so upsetting.

So, almost an entire week of this has passed and just a couple of days ago we decided to try something a tiny bit different.  We all know children love to mimic other children or their favorite characters. Well I had the brilliant idea to search for some videos of children or cartoons potty training.  So we found some and showed her real little
girls potty training as well as one of her favorite characters, Elmo. Elmo did the trick!  He just has the cutest potty training video ever.

You can see it here:

She is not fully back to her routine of always announcing when she needs to go, but she is not refusing to go to the potty. Now we ask her, “do you need to go pee pee potty, like Elmo?” she says “yea, pee pee potty Elmo, go go go.”  We just breathed a sigh of relief and we are looking forward to being fully on track with her potty training once again.

So far so good!

Written by: Karintia De Jesus