When I really want something I say to stick with the kids, I make them shake on it. I say it, and then they repeat it while we’re shaking hands. It isn’t fail-proof, but it helps.
So my mom just came to pick the “big kids” up for a sleepover at her house tonight. As they were getting ready to go I reminded Lydia, who is just barely potty trained, that she needed to use the potty if she had to go pee.
Me: Shake on it?
Lydia, while shaking my hand: I pwomise not to pee orr poop on de floy at Gramama’s house.
And then…she takes a bow as if she’s just completed a stunning performance on Broadway.
Oh, how I love that child!