Two-Year-Old Schools Cashier With Her Doll of Choice

Does bribing work when it comes to your kids?

I remember trying everything to encourage my boys to “go potty”, including bribing coaxing them with the promise of a new toy.

Brandi Brenner promised to buy her 2-year-old daughter any present of her choice – the caveat? She’d have to have gone “poop on the potty” for a full month. Then, little Sophia would be treated to a toy during the family’s trip to Target.

Sophia excitedly picked out her “reward” – a doll.

“She kept going back to the doctor doll, because in her mind, she is already a doctor,” Benner said. “She loves giving checkups, and if you come in the house, she’ll tell you that’s the first thing you need.”

Sophia, who will be 3 in July, was so excited by her choice that she wouldn’t let go of her new doll until they reached the register to check out.

When Brandi, hubby Nick, and Sophia got to the register, the cashier asked if Sophia was going to a birthday party.

According to a Facebook post gone viral, the rude cashier continued and pointed to Sophia’s doll, asking if she bought it for a friend.

Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at…

Posted by Brandi Benner on Friday, March 31, 2017


“We both gave her a blank stare. She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained.”

“The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, ‘Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?’

Sophia finally found her voice and said, ‘Yes, please!’

The cashier replied, ‘But she doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you.’

“I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, ‘Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?’

“Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, ‘Oh, that’s nice.’”

“This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”

Benner posted an account of their experience Friday to her personal Facebook page and Instagram, where it then went viral. Most of the comments have been supportive messages from other mothers or people with similar experiences.

Research suggests that kids aren’t born with biases about race and gender. Kids of parents who have more diverse friends and live in a multi-racial environment show less racial bias than the children of parents who have less diverse friends and live in a mono-racial environment. This story is proof that racism is taught.

What do you think? The cashier was schooled by a two-year-old!

Potty Mouth: Bathroom Words

“Kaka. Poo poo. You’re a pee pee.”

Ah, the lovely sound of bathroom words being repeated over and over again by my 4-year-old and then mimicked by my 2-year-old.

Standing in a long line-up at the local power store, suddenly the Boss yells out, “Mommy I want to eat kaka for dinner!!!”

Embarrassed, I look up to see everyone staring at me… waiting to see how will I respond? Will I scold him in front of everyone? Will I threaten not to buy him yet another character from the Cars movie to add to his endless collection? Or do I amuse him?

“Sure, I’ll give you some kaka for dinner!” I respond.

“Ooooh that’s yucky!” the Destroyer responds with a giggle.
“Noooo, that’s disgusting!” The Boss quickly changes the subject.

Gotcha with that one, didn’t I??? Ha ha ha! I’ll outsmart a 4-year-old any day! Er, only when I’ve had enough sleep and can quickly think of a comeback.

You can’t help but laugh. But after the 26th time of hearing “poo and pee”, it starts to get a little annoying. Ok, I imagine these words are humorous to any young kid. And I know that he uses them because: a) they are funny to say; b) they are funny to hear; and c) they always get my attention and attention is good!

But when is enough? I guess when my 2-year-old is yelling out “PUCK” (as in hockey puck?) …uh yeeeeah! Then you know there is a problem!

How do I clean up my kid’s potty mouth?

Of course parents need to set a good example in the first place. Ahem. Oops… guess I was sick the day they taught that lesson.

Kids enjoy modeling after bigger people. It’s only natural for them to imitate and repeat words. Kids will push the envelope until they get the reaction from the parents that they’re looking for. Toddlers are especially great mimics, especially if you say a word a lot or say it with a lot of feeling.

What if a bad word slips out? I’m guilty of this with my favourite word being “sh*t!” We’re all human and it happens. For younger kids, the trick is, as soon as the word slips out, replace it with something more silly. Instead of saying “sh*t”, say “sugar” and say it with the same amount of emotion.

Another tip is to simply ignore the bad word your child is uttering… if he isn’t getting the reaction he expects, he’ll quickly drop it. Ignore it when he says “stupid” 30 times??? Uh I don’t know if ignoring it is going to work for my kids!

As kids get older and their vocabulary expands, you have to set boundaries and have family rules. Explain to the child why the word is offensive and why we don’t say it. Tell the child that there are consequences to a potty mouth and follow through with the appropriate punishment.

And if that doesn’t work, the ol’ bar of soap in the mouth technique is sure to clean up a dirty mouth in no time.