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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Nice idea, but...

A couple of weeks ago I saw a fantastic idea on 'Book of Joe' : A toilet bowl light!


Here's the description from the web site:

Unique Johnny-Light toilet seat floods the bowl with soft green light when the lid is lifted, preventing nighttime accidents.

Helpful for potty-training children and a great reminder to lower the seat when finished.

Uses 2 AAA batteries (included).

Fits standard toilets.


I see so many great things on 'Book of Joe' that I've started putting my wallet in the safe before surfing over to his site.  This item in particular whispered lovingly to my inner impulse buyer. 

But, once I started thinking about the need to disable the thing on Shabbat, and the inconvenience it would cause if I should forget to do so, well... the moment passed.   It really is a great idea if you think about it, but not at all practical for people who can't turn electrical things on and off for 25 hours every week.

However, in the on-again-off-again struggle to get Yonah interested in consistently standing up to pee in the toilet this toilet light idea got me thinking that part of the reason behind his intermittent interest (and random aim) might be that once a kid has done this trick a couple of times... the fun sort of wears off.

So, while not practical for our lifestyle, the glowing light in the toilet gave me another idea.  One day last week I came home from work after having given a Power Point presentation and had the idea of shining my handy-dandy laser pointer into the bowl to give Yonah something colorful to aim for. 

The results were better than anything I could have hoped for... spectacular even!   He was absolutely mesmerized by the colored light in the water.  The problem is that he started asking to stand in front of the toilet with his pants around his ankles all the time... even when he doesn't have to go.

Please don't think me a bad father...I love the kid to pieces... I really do.  I just don't have the patience to stand for hours in the bathroom, flashing the laser pointer into the toilet bowl while Yonah stands there with no intention of peeing!

Of course, the law of averages demands that occasionally a good thunderstorm is going to coincide with the performance of a rain dance. 

So it happened Friday afternoon. 

The moment I gave up on Yonah and turned my back to lead him into the shower with me... Yonah followed along and dutifully peed all over the back of my legs (yes, folks... it would seem that Yonah and I in the shower together is a recipe for comic genius).

So now what to do about keeping Yonah interested in standing up and 'taking care of business'?

I'm guessing there must be some middle ground between crushing ennui and fascination so intense that all excretory function is temporarily disabled.  Perhaps I should put the laser pointer away for a bit and use the old tried-and-true targeting device; Cheerios floating in the bowl.


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And to think my problem is getting Ariella to sit down to pee... (well actually the problem is getting her to sit down on the toilet instead of just standing wherever strikes her fancy.

Thanks for the giggle,and thanks for the link to Joe (from the last mention)

Posted by: Safranit | Nov 5, 2006 11:47:37 AM

Oy. And to think that my husband and I are actually thinking of having a few of our own in the near future. I guess you can always be thankful for small blessings. "Missing" the toilet in the bathroom is a heck of a lot better than "missing" on the carpet.

Posted by: Fern | Nov 5, 2006 12:09:31 PM

The joys of boys...

Posted by: westbankmama | Nov 5, 2006 1:20:41 PM

[lightbulb pops on!]

So THAT's why I heard you yelling "no...No...NO! Awwww Yonah!" on Friday afternoon! ROTFLMAO!

Posted by: zahava | Nov 5, 2006 1:50:20 PM

Guess I'm glad that I have a girl! :) But I bet he's a cutie standing there with his pants around his ankles!
Give that boy a kiss from his Auntie, will ya?!!

Posted by: val | Nov 5, 2006 2:16:31 PM

Could have waited for another four weeks, but sometimes even I do have a weak moment.


Posted by: Jouke | Nov 5, 2006 3:57:04 PM

funny. i have a friend who when he and his wife re-did their co-op had what he calls a "Leak-Light" installed along the floor from their bed to the toilet. Otherwise imperceptible l.e.d's which when a switch is flipped at his night table- an ersatz "landing strip " of lights lead him ( from bed to bathroom) to be able to land "the plane" perfectly every time!

Posted by: shabtai | Nov 5, 2006 4:33:05 PM

Try some potty targets

There are several versions of this idea - bobbing, glow-in-the dark thingies that your kid can aim at.

The ones at the site above seem to change color when peed upon - what could be cooler to a young man of a certain age?

Posted by: Ben-David | Nov 5, 2006 5:59:11 PM

Perhaps it would be ok for Yonah to continue to just sit on the toilet until he is older. Just an idea.

Posted by: jaime | Nov 5, 2006 7:17:40 PM

OK, am I the only one here who thinks that picture of the toilet is a little bit creepy? I don't know, I don't know.. My first thought was "glow-in-the-dark urine!!!" The evil toilet attacks!

Hmm, I guess that does sound like a good idea... although never having to toilet-train anyone, much less boys, I wouldn't know! : )

Posted by: Irina | Nov 5, 2006 8:14:57 PM

At least you were in the shower. A friend of mine was once surprised by this three year-old.

They were standing in line waiting for the toilet, but I guess it was too long for the little guy.

So he whipped it out and used his dad's feet as a pseudo-urinal.

Posted by: Jack | Nov 5, 2006 8:19:26 PM

i don't think you have to worry about yonah aiming and firing...but i'm not sure what's gonna happen once he can read your blog :))) love that kid!!!

Posted by: marallyn | Nov 5, 2006 8:20:39 PM

He's clearly trying to dominate you. : )

Posted by: Alice | Nov 5, 2006 9:31:12 PM

Irina, no I totally thought that too. Totally creepy - like a nuclear invasion.

Posted by: jaime | Nov 5, 2006 9:58:00 PM

Couldn't you hand him the laser pointer and let him play with it? Is it a very fancy laser pointer not to be given to toddlers? I'd just tie it to a string to the sink and let it be a potty-only toy.

Posted by: uberimma | Nov 5, 2006 11:04:04 PM

That is the freakiest/scariest looking toilet I have ever seen! I would vote for the potty targets Ben-David suggests, but am afraid it might cut down on posts like this one, which would be a bad thing, so due to conflict of interest, I will suggest nothing of the kind...

Posted by: mcaryeh | Nov 6, 2006 5:33:36 AM

ROFL! My guys would ALL have aimed for the little light, thus overshooting the basket completely. I'm not entirely sure their father wouldn't have found the green light a tempting target... And then there was the time Abba awakened with that creepy feeling that someone was staring at him... only to be eye to eye with the four-year-old's little One-Eyed Winky...

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Nov 6, 2006 2:06:34 PM

The cheapest potty-target: cheerios.. cheap and flushable.

Posted by: Shevy | Nov 9, 2006 1:04:34 AM

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