• Michelle

    Please, please share with us how you get her to stay in her room until you go in. As a parent of a 3.5 year-old, I need to know…..

  • Heather Armstrong

    You heard it here: I locked her in. Yep. She was routinely escaping and NOT heading to my room. She was instead heading downstairs to the kitchen. It was dangerous and she had to know that she could not get out.

    Putting on my helmet. Three… two… one…

  • Danielle

    Find a restaurant with the fancy Dyson hand dryers, she’ll be entertained for hours.

  • Dede D

    Apple juice is constipating, Grape juice on the other hand…works

  • Jen

    I’ve done that. And he’s 12 now and doesn’t hate me…that I know of. I’d do it again if I had to, and given that the teen years are right on the heels of surviving ten years of the Terrible Twos, I probably will.

  • chuck

    1funny! been there done that

  • Jillian

    First thing I did when we moved in to our new house was reverse my daughters door knob, she is 2 1/2! I grew up with the lock on my door reversed and she sure as hell will do the same:)

  • Elizabeth B

    That was hilarious! Thank you, I needed a laugh today. And thank Marlo, too. :) I just spent the entire day writing a letter to my 27-year-old daughter, who is unhappy with me (and I’m not too happy with her either). Marlo’s excitement over pooping in public reminded me of when my daughter was three and I was in a store with my mother, buying a car seat for the baby I was about to deliver – I was actually in labor at the store. My daughter got away from us for under a minute, then very happily showed us that she had peed in the toilet, and weren’t we so proud of her?! It was a display toilet. We left quickly.

  • Debbie

    My kids had to see, and use, every bathroom in Salt Lake Valley!! Didn’t matter where we were – they had to see the bathroom…………

  • Nisser

    That is the best idea. Doing this tomorrow on my 2 year old’s door.

  • rozwas

    Marlo is so absolutely joyous. She is always smiling – or at least in the pictures. It must be so difficult to leave her for your trips.

  • kate

    I fully 100000000 bazillion percent support the latch on a door. Ferber’s chapter on sleep training/keeping your kiddo in his or her room is so worth the ten minutes it will take you to read. Seriously. My kid was climbing over the baby gate we had set up in his door. The latch was a life saver and we only had to use it for a few nights. After that he knew he had to stay in. Another good route to underscore how important it was for him to stay in his room was to put a digital clock in his room and tell him he was not allowed to come out until SEVEN ZERO ZERO. If he did, we marched him right back to his room.

  • Kristina

    Yup, we locked our kids in too. Had management at our apartment complex turn all the knobs around. Now we don’t even need to lock the door, they just sit on their beds shouting “MOOOOOMMMMM! MOOOOOMMMM! Come get us.” Locked doors are the way to go.

  • Brigid

    Every time my 3yo passes a porta potty, he has to use it. Has. To. Every. Time.

  • http://www.shortandfeisty.wordpress.com/ Short and Feisty

    “it’s my duty”….was that pun intentional?

    Doodie. Hahah. I’m so juvenile.

  • Lee

    Best post in a while! Totally loved it, thanks!

  • Algonesh

    House fires????

  • Hanni

    I did the locked door thing, too…it worked like a charm! She only tested it twice, and after that never tried again. She’s six and a half now and will still call me into her room after bedtime if she needs something (she will get up to go to the bathroom if she needs to…). The locked door is a great parenting tool.

  • TacomaAnnie

    If your three year old was in a crib, as mine were at that age, then you would go and get them out of their crib in case of emergency. Locking a child in his or her room is confining them to a safe space, just like placing a young child in a crib. We didn’t lock the door with our youngest because it was too hard to turn the knobs around on an 85 year old house, but we did use a crib tent (before they were recalled) to keep him confined. He had escaped and wreaked havoc on the house, and one night tried to get out the front door. Fortunately, it was chained at the top, but what if we had forgotten to chain it before we went to bed?

  • mary

    I was at a wedding last summer of a very good friend of mine. Her sister was up front being the maid of honor. Right after the pastor said a prayer her 4 year old son walked up and stated “mom, I have to poop”! Such a funny moment! She was thankful that this was a small wedding!

  • Tanna

    I used the “let’s see what kind of bathroom this store has” tactic to get my son to want to go to the bathroom when we were training. This is funny!

  • buta86

    I don’t know if it’s the age or being the youngest in the family, but my youngest daughter ALWAYS has to go to the bathroom whenever we go somewhere. It doesn’t matter if she went two second before we left the house. Somewhere between that pee and the five minutes it takes to get to the pizza place, she suddenly has to pee “WEALLY BAD!” So annoying. I will say that as she gets closer to 5 which will be at the end of June, she seems to be getting better. So there is hope for you in the next year. Of course it could also be because I now tell her that places don’t have bathrooms anymore, so there’s that….

  • http://fourplusanangel.com/ jessica

    Oh this is so true. With my kids all very close in age I swear we have been to every public restroom in the Midwest. Just yesterday my husband said “you know what? I think he just likes going in there for the towel dispenser” about my 3 y/o’s public bathroom addiction.

  • Carly

    AWESOMESAUCE! For my kids, the nastier the bathroom (such as at our local grocery) the MORE they find cause to use it. Two weeks ago we made THREE, that’s one, two, three trips to the potty during the 90 minutes we spent at the grocery. And my son still peed in his pull-up while we were standing in check-out line. Goooooooooood times.

  • Jen Wilson

    Going to the bathroom gets in the way of what they are doing? That would be both my girls, even though they’re 11 and 6.
    Drives me nutty. Also? They have to go the second I turn on the shower,
    even if I’ve asked them before I get into the bathroom if they need to
    go. (We only have one bathroom.) The best is when they drop a load and I have to amp up my body-wash usage to get rid of the smell. That is, if they didn’t flush the toilet and scald me.

  • Jen Wilson

    I lock my two-year-old in, too. (He’s in a toddler bed, not a crib, so he could get out.) And my girls, who can now read a clock, are not allowed out of bed before 7am. They have been threatened within an inch of their lives if they come out before then.

  • Ellere

    Small children don’t escape houses that are on fire, they find somewhere to hide. It’s better if they are hiding in their room so you don’t have to hunt through the entire house.

  • Jillian

    The best part is it also stopped us from locking ourselves in our room while we were teenagers!!!

  • Jo

    Guess I’m lucky that my kids are terrified of loud hand dryers and automatic flush toilets – they never want to use public bathrooms!

  • Steph G

    So Lucky!! My kid HATES public bathrooms with all those loudly flushing AUTOMATIC toilets (so you can’t even run to the safety of the sinks before it flushes) and all those horribly ear piercing hand dryers. Thank goodness for hand sanitizer.

  • Lorrie W

    There’s a neat little book called “Toilets of the World” that might be an awesome little present for her. :) It’s actually pretty fascinating!

  • REK981

    Use some tp or your hand to cover the sensor of the auto flush. Then I have her cover her ears while it flushes. Then I wash my hands and once I am done I hold my hands over her ears while she dries with the stupid loud hand dryers. I also try to keep napkins on me to just make it easier.