What Could Be

By Midori Connolly

I’m a mommy. Coleman is six and Molly is two, going on three. If you’re a parent, then you probably know what happens towards the latter end of that second year. If you’re not a parent, then you’ve at least gone through the experience yourself (hopefully).  Subterfuge aside, I’m referring to the phenomenon commonly known as potty training. In this enlightened age, experts have wisely advised parents to use positive reinforcement and illustrate for a child the ultimate, final reward of being a “big kid.” As we just completed Molly’s two weeks of training, I witnessed in the simplest way how powerful it is to have a positive goal to work for. With a clear vision of a desired outcome and small incentives along the way, we can drastically alter even our most basic biological behavior!