My very sweet daughter, Laura, received this ransom. I hope she can comply because I'm sure her electronics miss her as much as she misses them.
Your IPad and iPhone are being held hostage until you meet MY demands:
Only after all are complete without complaint and checked by me, you can have electronics back.
I Right now I'm sitting on the floor of my hallway with my ten year old daughter in front of me and my four year old son behind me. We should all be in bed, but there are thunderstorms all around us. I blame my cerebral palsy as a main reason why I hate thunderstorms but also several bad experiences with them. I tried hard not to push my fear on them, but it just happened naturally. Laura actually is okay but she's cuddling with our three year old hound dog and keeping us company.
Laura is an excellent sister. When the storm started, she told Jason that God was bowling and had him play bowl in the kitchen as a distraction. Somehow we all ended up here but it's cozy. My lab retriever, Lady, is sleeping at my side. Jason is playing with his truck and watching his iPad - PJ Masks. Laura is watching craft videos. I love our conversations like Jason saying, "Mommy, my monster truck is sad." I told him to tell him everything is ok and he did. I love reassuring Jason and his eyes relax from panic.
Although I know I'll be tired tomorrow, the memories are worth everything. I went in my room and Jason said ,"I'll lay next to Laura because I love her." Then he said if I needed anything to let him know. Now they're both in bed even though storms are around, they aren't as loud and hopefully Jason will fall asleep. I'm going to turn in as well and hopefully will sleep peacefully too.
Jason turned 4 on February 20! It's hard to believe that he is four now. Jason can do so many things and is learning more each day. He is completely potty trained even at night. He knows all of his colors, letters and can count to 20. He is very interested in the clock and tells me what numbers the hands are on. He can dress himself including shoes and jacket. Jason speaks clearly and in sentences. He naps about two hours a day.
Jason loves to play. He asks me several times a day, "Mommy, will you play with me?" He is lovable and extremely active. I think his biggest fan is Laura. Jason loves school and his friends. He wishes that he could go all week. He also has swim class which he's not that into.
Laura is doing very well. She will be ten and a half soon. She is getting very good grades in school. She takes drawing, clarinet and ukulele lessons. Laura also is into the piano. She is very smart and funny. My heart explodes when she says she loves me. Her artwork is amazing.
Every child is different. Whenever a parent potty trains their child, everyone seems to have an opinion, experience or idea. Laura was easy to potty train because she was mentally ready and enthusiastic. Her body wasn't quite ready and that was the hardest part. Jason wanted nothing to do with potty training. At first, he seemed a bit excited but it was short lived.
We tried everything! By the time he was three and a half, I felt determined to potty train him before he went to pre school. I knew that he could use the potty, but I had to get him there. While looking up techniques online, I stumbled on the Three Day Potty Training site. Her video enticed you but the online book seemed way too expensive. I thought if I had to spend the money, it'll be worth it but I checked out Amazon. Low and behold, it was a lot cheaper so I bought it for my Kindle.
I read the book within about twenty minutes. And, the method is so simple and made complete sense that you're left thinking- why didn't I think of that? I discussed it with Jeff who agreed it sounded like a great idea. We couldn't start immediately. We had to buy incentive toys, small rewards, marbles and lots more underwear. I also started on a Monday and week that I knew I could give complete attention to training.
Long story short- it worked wonders. It took him a little longer than three days but paitience, consistently and kindness got us through. Below is the method we used, and I hung it in our kitchen for everyone helping Jason. Best tip I know is don't use pull ups - they slow the process. If we didn't use them, I bet Jason would've been potty trained so much quicker.
Three Day Potty Training
Monday to Thursday but might be longer
We need to not go anywhere with Jason for three days. No errands etc.
Monday morning - he throws away his pull up and then together, we gather all of the pull ups and diapers in the house,car and diaper bag to donate for other families. He helpsand we tell him that diapers are for babies and Jason is a big boy.
Jason wears underwear and comfy, easy clothes.
We show Jason a new toy that he wants on the counter and a small jar with marbles. When he uses the potty, we let him put the marble in the jar. When the jar is full, he gets the toy.
When Jason seems to begin an accident, take him to the bathroom ASAP.
Never be negative. If an accident happens, we simply say, "Jason, remember to tell me when you need to use the potty."
He can get stickers after using the potty..
Our job is to watch Jason and recognize signs of needing to go. We never just sit on the potty to try because that frustrates him.
If he resists sitting on the potty, then just get him into the bathroom. Never use force or sound mad. After awhile, he will get comfortable.
We push liquids to get him to go. We want him to go lots so he practices and learns
He should go before and after nap. Hold back liquids before sleep.
The biggest key is never show frustration or anger. Only praise!! Even if he has 20 accidents a day.
For going poo, he will receive a "magic wand" to hold when he sits and it won't be scary.
Jason can and will do this! We just need to keep positive, focused and be with him!
I've been giving talks about disabilities for as long as I can remember. But nothing has been more difficult than looking in my son's eyes and having to explain why mommy can't walk like everyone else. Up until the age four, he has just accepted my cerebral palsy as natural as could be without a question or doubt. Instead of asking me why can't I walk, he would just try to command it - "Mommy, walk!"
I tried my normal dialogue that had worked with so many children. Jason wasn't accepting it so it was time to be creative. I thought about the things that Jason could relate to. Right away I thought about cars because he has loved them since he was four months old. I explained that Mommy's brain is like an engine in a car except my engine operates differently than the rest. Mommy's engine tells the legs to move differently so mommy needs to walk on wheels.
Like a light bulb, Jason's face lit up with love and understanding. He got it and was relaxed. Now he is open to talk about it more and ask questions. I also crawl on the floor with my knees. Jason said, "Mommy's engine also says to walk on her knees!"