Oh the crazy things we'll to do potty train our kids. We all know the basics: Start when they're ready. Keep big-kid undies and lots of towels handy. Be patient. Be really, really patient. No pressure!
Some of our tricks and tips aren't too crazy. Rewarding with stickers? No problem. Rewarding with candy? Um ... now you're getting controversial. Hanging out in the bathroom, just reading and singing songs? Someone looks a little loony. If our childless friends could see some of the other tricks we'll try, they'd never stop laughing. But they can laugh all they want. We just do what works!
No, not as a treat. If your little boy has trouble aiming, you can toss in a Cheerio or Froot Loop and encourage him to aim straight for the little cereal (maybe even the center!). Bonus: It's safe to flush. But you do have to get to the toilet before he does. I hear a ping pong ball works, too, because you can't flush it.