About a month or two ago, we started a new method of potty training. When you mess your pants, a toy goes in the closet. Go in the potty, and you get a toy back. The incentive seems to work well. The punishment makes him want to run and hide when I even suggest he went in his pants.

Today he got up from his nap, and I smelled the unmistakable smell all around him. He came over and gave me a hug, and I asked if he pooped. He immediately began wiggling to run away, but since I already had him in my arms, he couldn’t get away. So he resorted to the next thing he could think of. He covered my nose with his hand and said,

“Just don’t smell, Mommy!”