In this Parents TV video, Melissa Joan Hart shares her parenting experience and gives some potty training tips.
Juli: She’s an award-winning actress best known for her starring role in the hit show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But first and foremost she is a wife and mother of two adorable boys and we are just thrilled to have Melissa Joan Hart in the studio today to show how she juggles career and family and give us a few potty training tips and I could show you some myself. So we will get into that in just a second. Congratulations on the new baby. Melissa: Thank you so much. It’s been wonderful. Juli: Braidon just a few months old. Melissa: Braidon is a few months old and Mason’s two and a half. Juli: And how’s it going? How is Braidon? Melissa: Braidon’s great. They both are just wonderful. They’re smart wonderful great children, I can’t complain. It just been, basically I’m breastfeeding and I’m potty training and it’s like two full time jobs. Juli: And you’re doing it all at the same time. But first tell me what it was like to bring Braidon home to Mason who’s two. And we have to look at this picture because this is just adorable. Take a look at the picture of Mason holding Braidon when you brought him home from the hospital, so sweet. Melissa: They’re cute. Mason loves baby Braidon. It just baby brother, baby brother. Mason keeps going so cute, so cute. And he loves, he has a baby doll he carries around, which don’t tell my husband that, everyone knows that. But he just loves his baby doll. So when I’m changing the Braidy’s diapers, he changes his baby, we call him baby Liam, baby Liam’s diapers. And you know, he does everything that I do with the baby he does with his baby doll. Juli: So he was okay with bringing a new baby? Melissa: He loved it, he was so excited. I read lots of books and that kind of thing which is actually funny because it’s the same thing we do with potty training, reading books, watching videos, getting him prepared. Juli: And how about you? I mean, the first few months are really hard. No sleep and you’re working around the clock. Melissa: No, but you know what, this time was different with Mason. I felt overwhelmed. I was just, it was very different getting into mommy mode, figuring how to pack a diaper bag, what to bring, always being prepared. And this time, it’s like I got this down, you know, I just taking myself little more time a little bit more preparation, but I know how to do it. So I’m really enjoying having a newborn around again. Juli: So you’re an old pro? Melissa: Well I feel like it. I help raised a lot of kids. Juli: So you help raised a lot of kids. So in the middle of all these, you are as you said potty training Mason which is not easy. Melissa: No, it’s such as a task, it’s really difficult. I’m here to help, I’ve teamed up with Pull Ups to try to, I’m gaining all the information I can gain so that I can share it with all the other moms and dads out there. Juli: And tell us about this partnership with Pull Ups. How’s that going? Melissa: Oh it’s going great. They’ve been fantastic. You know basically, I couldn’t have a better resource to learn potty training. And what I learned basically is that every kid is different. Every single kid is different but also every kid is different every day. Mason, what works for him one day won’t work the next day. Juli: I know how that is. Melissa: You have to be ready, you have to have a bag of tricks and be ready to go. So I’ve put together a few tips that I can help out with, a little bit. The first tip is to know when your child is ready to potty train. And there’s a few signs and one of them is that they stay dry for up to two hours, but what worked for us was I got a potty for Mason when he was one and he, you know, sat on it and saw it and learned about it but then we put it away for a while. And when he was two, I was cleaning up the bathroom, and he saw it come out of the cabinet and he was like, my potty, my potty. Juli: So excited? Melissa: So excited. So I was like, Yup, let’s go. He peed on it the first time, so I was like well my child is doing, he’s potty trained but then there’s so many road bumps and so much else that has to come. Juli: Because my three-year old was really interested, now not so much. Melissa: Everyday you got to like, reinvent. Another tip that I learned actually on the, there’s a DVD that Pull Ups has on their website and it’s called Big Kid Central and it’s full of amazing information and I learned on it that you should make it very personal. Learn to make the child feel like this fun, you got to keep it light. So what we do is we put stickers all over Mason’s potty. So now it’s, Mason’s potty, not just the potty. And the stickers are there, he decorated it himself, you know, it’s very personal. And then the other thing that’s pretty important is rewards. Juli: Bribery. Melissa: That’s the most important, that kind of bribery. Juli: But you have to. Melissa: And that changes every day. At first we had a bucket of Hot Wheels car which was working for about a week or two. Juli: It got old. Melissa: And then, What now? And so we use candy and then I felt a little guilty about the sugar thing. So what I found was, I have a potty now that has stickers that come out as a reward. Juli: Okay I need to get myself one of those potties. Very soon. Melissa: I think it’s a Safety First make or something, but there’s stickers that come out. And what we do, on pull-ups.com, I printed out this rewards chart, so you put his name on it you can put in what goals he’s working on that week. And what I did was, I sit down with him, he sits on his potty and we go through. Okay, if you wash your hand, you get a sticker here, and if you pull your pull-up on by yourself, you get a sticker here, and if you sit on the potty, you get a sticker, you know, so we sit there and we go through it all. Juli: Okay, I need stickers, I need to know words, you are helping me out, thank you so much. Melissa: You need to be really armed for this. No problem. Juli: Now I have to ask you about your husband. For those who don’t know Mark Wilkerson is a Grammy nominated musician, lead singer and guitarist for Course of Nature, right? Melissa: Yes. Juli: On the road, on tour. How are you doing that? You’ve got a new baby, a toddler and you’re on your own? Melissa: Well, you know, it’s tough on me because I’ve got the two by myself, but it’s really hard on him because his lonely and he misses his boys. So, you know, we’ve had to figure it out. Just about every week or two, we don’t go more than two weeks without seeing each other. He flew in here to New York to see us last night. Juli: 24 hours, like a whirlwind, just to see him. Melissa: Yes, actually we haven’t gone a week yet without seeing each other, so that’s been really amazing. It’s so hard to say goodbye so many times though, you know. It’s so exciting to see him and then he’s gone again. Juli: But you’ll be on the road, too, right? Because you are working on a couple of movies. One your mom is producing, one you are producing. Tell us a little bit on what’s going on. Melissa: Yes, what my mother is producing, where doing it in Louisiana, I’m starring in it, I think it’s going to be done in Louisiana, were still, that should be coming up very soon. And then in the fall, I will be shooting a movie for ABC family. We have no idea where that’s going to be yet, but I’m producing that with my mother for ABC family. And it’s a wedding movie, it’s untitled right now but it will be out next spring. Juli: Oh fun. Really exciting. Melissa: And it’s a really funny one because I get to play a not so pleasant woman, so it’s a first time I really get to dive into that, it’s so exciting and fun for myself. Juli: That’s a little change for you. Well thank you so much and it’s great to see you and thank you for the tips. Melissa: Sure, I hope they work. Juli: Me, too. I think that they will. And if you’d like to check out Melissa’s online potty training journal, you can go to pull-ups.com. And we’d like to hear your comments and ideas, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us what’s on your mind. Thank you for watching Parents TV. We’ll see you soon.