I've almost reached my diaper-changing limit. Toddler in Chief is 2 ½ years old, and I'm determined to not be one of those parents with a diaper-wearing three-year-old. Just because Pampers makes diapers in size 4T and 5T doesn't mean that four- and five-year-olds should be wearing diapers.
So I've decided that TIC's ready to use the potty--I'm not waiting around for him to decide because who knows how long we'd be waiting. Think about it. What's in it for the kids? When you crap your pants, you don't have to stop playing. They just do their thing until a grown-up is offended with the odor and forces them to the changing table. My epiphany came after trick-or-treating exposed TIC to the perfect potty-training tool. So I filled a small glass jelly jar with M&Ms. I explained that if he peed in the potty, he would get to choose one M&M. Poop gets two M&Ms! Since this reward system was introduced, he uses that potty at least five times a day. He can't wait to sit on that potty, flush the fruit of his labor, and be rewarded.
He cannot take his pants off by himself, but he's a smart kid and I know he's capable of mastering this task, even if he doesn't necessarily want to.