Among the most dreaded events of parenthood: potty training.
We took it head-on this weekend with Carson. We were committed. No diapers (except for night time -- we weren't that committed).
1. Nine pair of cartoon character underwear -- featuring Thomas the Train, Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen and other characters from the Pixar movie "Cars", and Wall-E.
2. New Mickey Mouse watch for Carson (Mom and Dad don't like to wear watches, so Carson get's to)
3. An empty schedule and lots of patience and excitement
Carson was so excited by the new underwear and watch. As his 30 minute timer chimed; he anxiously ran to the bathroom.
There were a few minor accidents, but overall, it was a great success!
Beware: if you attempt this technique, random beeps can lead to bathroom trips. While at my parent's house for dinner, the microwave beeped and Carson ran to the bathroom. It took us a while to realize what had happened, but it was pretty funny.