Being a parent to a child with mental and physical disabilities is.....well.....normal to Dave and I. Finny is our eldest and to be honest we don't really think about it. BUT...........sometimes.....you have such good news that you can bearly speak. You wonder if this breakthrough is going to last, if the changes are going to regress................You dont tell anyone for ages .......just incase. SO Today....I'm-a-telling the world that our amazing 9yo (nearly 10) is DAY TOILET TRAINED!!!!! Wahoooooooo!!
This has been, a massive hurdle for Finn to over come. We new as parents that we just had to wait for the time to be right. So.....we waited. In the end with a little bit of reverse psychology, a body that could finally balance and developmental coordination that overcame the need to be independent.....it has clicked!! HERE'S EVEN BIGGER NEWS......out of the last 10 nights Finn has been dry 8!!!!!!!!!!
So....for those that may be wondering...How did I do it?
In the end it was my sister and her husbands family that gave me the tools that could work.
In her house they train by taking the kids shopping for cheap but bright stunning undies. When the kids soil there pants they are then thrown in the bin....the kids are devastated because they LOVE there new knickers.
This made me think....it was a angle I hadn't tried before and believe me....I HAD TRIED ALL THE TRICKS IN THE DAM BOOK!!!
In Finns case....he didn't care about his jocks (to be honest he really couldn't give a shit!) he hated them....BUT he loved his nappies. They were his security.....SO.....
I put him in Jocks and told him........."if he did wee or poo in his jocks I would BURN a NAPPY!!!" This may sound strange burning a perfectly good nappy that cost a FORTUNE.......(incontinence supplies for older kids/adults cost megga bucks!!) ...but I had to give it a go!!
IT WORKED!!!! I burnt one nappy and made him stand there and watch the bugger burn...he was devastated, you could even say it shattered him. I had to stand strong....there was no going back!!
So there we have it....one special needs kid that has achieved one whopping big milestone!!!