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I'm thinking that both he and his teacher deserve more than a sucker if we make it through potty training.

Oh, friends.  I need your help, especially from the daycare mommas.

As you may remember, I have been reluctant to potty train my boy and it is mostly because I have no clue what to do or how to do it.  Sometimes I think information about parenting is spread too quickly and widely these days to where I am simply on parenting information overload.  Do I reward his potty with candy? stickers? nothing?  Do I buy pull-ups or go straight to underwear?  Do I push it in three days or admit that it takes time? Do I do it now or wait?  It seemed that every article had a definite opinion, but as the mother, I didn’t have an opinion since I had never done it before.  ::waves white flag to parenting in the digital age::

I basically ignored potty training and blissfully bought diapers, until two weeks ago when Harrison’s teacher asked me to bring Pull-Ups to daycare.  She said he was ready to start the self-help skills of pottying and since she’s been working with toddlers far longer than me, I trusted her decision and supplied the Pull-Ups.  Every day I noticed more “potty” written in his bathroom report from school and yesterday he came home with three instances of a dry Pull-Up + successful potty.  “It’s time, Mom,” the teacher said.  “Let’s do big boy undies on Monday.”  ::gulp::  My little guy is rocking this thing and I’m just along for the ride and I want to hug the stars out of his teacher for guiding us through it.

So this is where I need your help:  I’d like to get his teacher something as a thank you for all of her hard work potty training him.  I know it hasn’t been easy and that we wouldn’t be this far without her expertise.  I am sure she can feel so under-appreciated, so I want to give her something.

But what would be appropriate?  A gift card to Starbucks or Target?  A gift basket full of yummy goodies and treats?

Have you ever bought your child’s teachers a gift for going above and beyond the call of duty?

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Beth Anne writes words & takes pictures on The Heir to Blair. You can also find her on the Twitters & Facebook.

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