Write about: the treasure hunt.
Pretty fun family day. Definitely got off to a good start...
When we were tying to get Max out of diapers we struggled for a long time with getting him on the potty. At first he wasn't interested, then he was scared, then... I don't know. He just didn't want to?
Anyway, we tried a lot of different things. At one point I created a 'potty path', which was basically a hand drawn path that we put on the bathroom wall with squares to represent each time he used the potty. Every time he did he got to put a sticker on the next square of the path, and every fifth square there was a reward of some sort.
I designed it at a time when my expectation was that he'd be putting a sticker up once a day, maybe twice a day as he got more comfortable.
It sat on the wall for a very long time with only one sticker on it. I was getting ready to throw it out. Then, rather suddenly, he took to it.
And he was off to the races.
I think he finished the path in just over a week. Two weeks tops. That meant a lot of rewards had to be arranged in a much shorter period of time than I was expecting. Which meant some rewards had to wait a long time. Like, months.
This morning I finally got to the last reward I hadn't taken care of yet: a treasure hunt around the farm.
It started with a map and a note. The map lead him to treasure number one (a bubble wand), a second map, and a second note. This lead to treasure number two (buckets, shovels, and other beach toys), a third map, and a third note. This lead to a final treasure (a map of our solar system to put up in his room) and a final note.
I apologized afterward for it taking so long to get to it, while also telling him how happy I was that he enjoyed it so much.
At bedtime tonight he told me 'Maybe tomorrow we can do another treasure hunt with different toys.'
Which left me feeling grateful that he liked it so much... and thinking that maybe he enjoyed it a little too much...