April 10, 2009

The Toilet Monster

I consider myself a mom that doesn't get overly worried about the quirks of my children.  However, when that quirk starts to disrupt my day, I can get annoyed.  

Benjamin has been potty trained for over a year now.   I never have to think about it.  When he has to go, he just does his thing.  Two weeks ago, the boys' toilet overflowed....not a big deal....just the get the plunger and fix it. 

 However, this event seemed to scar Ben for life.  The next morning he complained that his stomach hurt.  Come to find out, he had been holding it until absolutely the last second.  He just didn't want to go for fear of the toilet overflowing.  He calls me in to stand there to watch him, then I have to flush it as he runs out of the room in a panic.  Part of the problem is that he thinks that when the water fills back up, it will never stop.  I have tried everything I can think of to get him over this fear.  

-  I've explained to him that only big stinky boys make toilets overflow.  

-  I've told him that it will only happen if a ton of toilet paper gets flushed. 

-  I've made him watch it while I flush so he can see it go down.  

-  I've tried to put enough paper in it to make it stop up, then plunging it down so he can see how the plunger works.

-  I've even tried tough love by making him flush it.  

I'm going mad!  Who knew that the toilet could be such a scary thing?


MUD said...

Did you think to take the top off the tank and show him where the water comes from and how little water there is. Have him flush the toilet by lifting the handle inside. Sure it is spooky if yu don't know anything about toilets. I think they are a marvel. But it is a guy thing.
MUD (over at ridingwithmud@blogspot.com)

Ginger and Taylor said...

That's an idea I haven't tried.

Rachel B. said...

That's so funny and so sad at the same time. Cute and silly little Ben. Speaking of all this potty talk, hopefully when Reese is staying with you she'll see what a big boy Ben is on the potty and want to try it when we get back. That is, if Ben isn't still screaming as he runs out of the bathroom. :)

Kati said...

And I thought my boys were the only weird ones that were afraid of the toilet when they first were going potty in it. Any self flushing toilet they were terrified of. They thought since it flushed on them that they were going to be sucked down with everything else. It was actually quite amusing until someone comes in while they're screaming and thinking I'm beating them.

Lindsey said...

I know it's not funny for you- but I laughed out loud when I read it. Sorry I don't know what do about that, hopefully it will be a short lived fear.

Michael...Midol....Punky....Mido the Sugar Bear Punky....Twitcher....Cheetoh Eater said...

Maybe you should say...the reason the toilet did that is because he needs to have a clean room and the toilet monster will get him if his room isnt clean....hahaa