My 3 year old grandson has been comfortably trained for many months, but he has started to let his one year old brother into the bathroom to play in the "pooh pooh" water (just the water so far). What is the appropriate response to the older one? He is very verbal, but only 3 so we're having a hard time figuring a logical consequence response and or discipline, since he's been told loudly he is not to let his little brother into the bathroom with him. Also, is this a typical naughty behavior -- playing in the toilet water? Or is there added significance to the older one because of the added dimension of "pooh pooh"?
No, there is nothing unusual in this behavior. Simply re-state the rule and let him know that he can expect a time out if this occurs again. If he does it again, place him in his time out chair for 3-5 minutes. Track the time with a portable cooking timer, and tell him that, during the time out, he is to remain seated and quiet. When the time out is over, ask him what got him in time out and reiterate that he is not to encourage his brother to play in the bathroom.
Typical behavior...no yelling needed. if he brings his sibling in the bathroom calmly lead him to his time out. From not yelling, he'll learn no one gets worked up from his teasing and potty talk, and the time outs won't be worth it. if time outs don't work, take away a favorite toy or activity.
("Potty talk" also normal. )
A good idea at this age - fill a box with plain rice for kids to play with like a sand box - put towels down in the bathroom and let them play with water toys in the sink. This will fulfill that tactile play preschoolers enjoy.
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