Tuesday, March 18, 2008

How many flavors was that again?

To motivate Ben with his potty-learning, I've been giving him treats for two reasons. One level for staying dry, and one level for going in the potty. I read once that just giving reinforcement for going in the potty doens't get the whole message across. Then they get the idea that it's good to go in the potty, but not that they have to do it everytime. Just when its convienient for them.

Rewarding for dry pants is a completely different mentality. It's not saying "You have to use the potty" it's saying "Mama likes dry pants." It's hard to explain why it works differently, but it does. If you do this technique completely the way its recommended, you're not really supossed to make a deal out of using the potty at all. Rewards are for potty sits (trying, regardless of success) and for dry pants. This is supossed to keep him from feeling pressured or stage-fright or whatever. But I can't help but get really excited when he pees in the potty, so I'm kind of doing a combo approach.

Anyway, I decided to go out and get some special potty treats for dry pants. Out of nostalgia and a general good memory of them, I went with a box of Jelly Bellies. A pre-mixed set. Like 40 flavors.

And do you know the problem with Jelly Bellies? You can't tell what you're getting (yes, even if you pore over the little chart thing that they include) until you put it in your mouth. It's the worst guesing game ever. Will it be chocolate pudding? Or will it be root beer? Ewwwww!!!!

Ben asked for a "black one" the other day after using the potty and I gave it to him, warning him that Mama doesn't even like black ones, and that if he didn't like it, it was OK.

I seriously should have taken photos. I've never seen him so confused. He's like "It's candy. I like candy. But it's bad!!!! What's wrong with the candy? Why is it broken?"

Ha ha ha. I'd give up on the Jelly Bellies completely except for one problem. What's that? Juicy pear. OMG, if you've never had juicy pear Jelly Bellies, it's worth going out and getting a whole box just to pick out the pear ones. Mmmmmmm. Pear.

Thankfully, I like more than just the one flavor (I really like the popcorn ones, which I've heard makes me weird/rare) and interestingly Ben likes a lot of the ones that I don't, like Tutti Fruiti and Orange and Lemon-Lime. Ha ha ha.

10 comments:

Jessi said...

Have you discovered the joys of bulk jelly bellies? An entire pound of juicy pear=heaven.

thesynergizer said...

yeah, but there aren't a lot of places i know about to do that at. mostly just specialty candy shops ... there's one at the mall (or at least there used to be) and i know there was one at seattle center/westlake that we went to with brad and bryna last summer. i did get a lot of juicy pears, but i couldn't help myself and grabbed a few other flavors too. then later, when i'd picked out all the juicy pears and was left with the other stuff, i wondered what i was thinking when i did that ...

Anonymous said...

funny! You are the second person in 24 hours who has told me they like the buttered popcorn flavored jelly bellies. Must be jelly belly season, perhaps I need to get some (NOT buttered popcorn!)

-letisca

thesynergizer said...

yeah, they're really good! i actually like the caramel corn ones better than the buttered popcorn, but they're both good.

and you know you can sign into blogger with your lj ID, under the openid option. just click the little lj pencil.

Jessi said...

My QFC has them in bulk. I got some just last week. Yummm! In fact, you're gonna be here tomorrow, if you want some. Just sayin ;-)

thesynergizer said...

um, that would be thursday, which is not tomorrow. but yes, i am so crazy for juicy pear. mmm. jelly bellies. yum yum yum yum yum.

*Kate said...

I have dreams of swimming in juicy pear pools. They are my absolute favorite ever. Do you have Targets in your area? Target sells jelly bellies in bulk. Juicy pear heaven. Mmmmm. Now I'm going to go cry because I don't have any juicy pear jelly beans. :-(

Joel likes buttered popcorn jelly beans. Ewwww.

mrshand said...

Buttered popcorn Jelly Bellies rock!

thesynergizer said...

kate - ha ha ha. juicy pear is the greatest huh? we do have target, but i've never noticed that they have bulk jelly bellies before. i'll have to look :-)

mrshand - finally!!!! someone else who likes the buttered popcorn ones. i knew i couldn't be the only one.

Catherine A. Murphy said...

Popcorn i like very much popcorns and they are also good for health.