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6.05.2008

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There was indeed some discussion when we first spotted the cardboard house. The discussion being that Nate, in typical fashion, wanted it for Thalia (along with everything else in the store) insisting that she would love it like nothing else. I resisted.

He won. And he was right.

It started with a lot of potential – a pristine white 3-dimensional canvas ready for water colors and imagination. But instead of turning it into a rainy day art project (because that would take planning) we decided to let Thalia go at it with any art supply, any time she likes. Basically the Running with Scissors approach to creativity. She had her way with stickers and shards of Crayolas retrieved from under the sofa. She painted. She let her sitter sketch suns and trees and stars. She wrote the letters in her name.

Even if it yielded a big multicolored mess it was her mess and she loved it. Her beloved mess in the middle of our living room.

Over time we saw the house evolve, as we had hoped. It was a castle, a kitchen filled with play food, a playroom, a dress up space. It was a place Thalia accepted junk mail through the little pass through slot or sat on a single pink toddler chair and ate an apple. She hung her art work on the walls. She invited her sister in for tea.


And then in the last week, it became something we hadn’t expected – a bathroom. Thalia moved her potty in there for privacy. Once a day she announces her intentions, then races in shutting the little cardboard door behind her.

I always wanted a second bathroom in our apartment. I never expected it would be an outhouse.

The best part:
Reading material.

45 shards of brilliance… read them below or add one

Fairly Odd Mother June 5, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Love the commode! Our neighbor just gave us a box that held a hot-water heater (we are known in the neighborhood for liking that sort of gift), and I plan to turn it into a rocket. I’ll have to be sure to leave room in it for a potty.

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VerWaynia June 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Ha! That’s so great! I’ve become the one in this parenting union that thinks he has to have everything in sight…I didn’t use to be that way!

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slouchy June 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm

What a RIOT!

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Don Mills Diva June 5, 2008 at 1:23 pm

That sucker would fetch about $350,000 on the market here in Toronto.Seriously.

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RuthWells June 5, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Don’t you hate it when the husband is right? ; )What a perfect toy. Boxes rock.

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MetroDad June 5, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Love the house. Love her artwork. Love the fact that she keeps reading material next to her potty. And everyone knows that in NYC, you can get $50,000 more for that extra bathroom!

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Aimee @ Smiling Mama June 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Oh I’ve been wanting to get this for my son, too. Maybe now I will. So cute!!

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Christina June 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm

This is hilarious!!

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mothergoosemouse June 5, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I am DYING here. Seriously, I’m laughing so hard that CJ just shushed me.

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Suzanne June 5, 2008 at 4:27 pm

That’s fantastic!!! Complete with DIY graffiti. ;o)

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Mom101 June 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Hilarious, Frog!

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Karen Sugarpants June 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm

We did the same thing a couple of weeks ago with moving boxes – the house hadn’t sold yet and I thought if I use the boxes for something else, it might about a dose of Murphy’s Law (it worked). Yeah I was wishing on every dandelion at that point. Anyway, Thomas looked at me with a great deal of apprehension when I handed him a bunch of markers and said, “Go to it kid!” :)

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FearandParentinginLasVegas June 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Great – now my husband (Homer) wants to redecorate our bathroom with crayons and stickers. I’m drawing the line (excuse the pun). No fingerpainting.

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Grandmere June 5, 2008 at 6:25 pm

I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time!!She is wonderful.

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Grandmere June 5, 2008 at 6:26 pm

I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time!!She is wonderful.

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Alexis June 5, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I love the cardboard house. We had one just like yours and the girls decorated it and played with it until it was entirely in tatters. Cardboard, in whatever form you find it, is one of the best materials for kids.

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Overwhelmed! June 5, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Oh how cute! I love how she made herself comfortable by dragging her potty chair in there (with the very important reading material). I wonder, if I buy my son one of these houses and put his potty chair in there, will he finally poop in the potty? If so, then it’d be well worth the $48.00 price tag! :)

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Lady M June 5, 2008 at 10:58 pm

That rocks! Like Overwhelmed said above, I’d be willing to buy a cardboard house if it made Q happy to sit on the potty!

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Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels June 6, 2008 at 12:05 am

what a smart girl! Clearly, she realized the potential for developing ideas when one has time to think on the loo. Go Thalia!

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Amy Urquhart June 6, 2008 at 12:43 am

haha! It’s like a port-a-potty in your living room.

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dana June 6, 2008 at 1:11 am

Cardboard is Dawson’s favorite toy. Anytime I get a box in the mail he takes it into his room and makes many houses, tents, and other interesting creations.

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SUEB0B June 6, 2008 at 3:48 am

What a gorgeous little house! And what a smart girl!

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WMW June 6, 2008 at 4:09 am

My daughter likes to read while having her diaper changed. Soon she’ll demand the crossword.

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carrie June 6, 2008 at 6:56 am

I love it.

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~Kat~ June 6, 2008 at 1:38 pm

< HREF="http://thereluctantmermaid.blogspot.com/2008/01/pee-pee-cha-cha.html" REL="nofollow">Iris reads “The Nation” upon her red Bjorn throne<>Ahh… the choice reading material.

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Juicebox.mom June 6, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Those photos are precious…i’m picturing a scrapbook page. Enjoy your new addition.

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Mom101 June 6, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Ok Kat, that’s just fabulous! Mine is just reading the PBK Kids catalog.

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Suburban Turmoil June 6, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Hmm. I need to get one of these (and maybe a bedpan for the inside?) for my husband.

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Diane June 7, 2008 at 2:50 am

Oh, I love the cardboard house. Now I will have to go out and get one, maybe then my daughter will actually use the potty!

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VDog June 7, 2008 at 3:00 am

oh mah freakin gawd. THAT is TOO much! LOVES it!!

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1 modern mommy June 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Too freakin cute! Looks like you have a little piccaso on your hands!

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the mama bird diaries June 7, 2008 at 6:38 pm

awesome. I laugh my arse off when my 3 year-old asks for privacy and then sits on the toilet “reading” New York Magazine.

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Jerseygirl89 June 8, 2008 at 12:35 am

We’ve done the same thing, arts-wise, with all of Ironflower’s cardboard houses (it never even occurred to me to make it a fancy project, so you’re ahead of me there) but she’s never suggested moving her potty in there. What a brilliant idea!

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New England Quilter June 8, 2008 at 1:00 am

OMG that is too funny! I will have to keep this in mind when my little guy gets to potty training age.

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Motherhood Uncensored June 8, 2008 at 1:05 am

I think you might have just solved every parent’s potty training problems.Seriously, who needs to pee on cheerios when you can shit in your OWN OUTHOUSE WITH MAGAZINES.

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Asianmommy June 8, 2008 at 5:51 am

Oh, I love it! So cute!

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Redneck Mommy June 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm

My fingers started to itch when I saw those pristine white walls…such a canvass to let my inner art freak loose on.However, I’d never have thought to use it for another bathroom.That’s pure genius.

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Jennifer S June 8, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Okay, that is awesome!

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Manager Mom June 9, 2008 at 3:52 am

Well, at least you didn’t have to get your building code modified or apply for any permits with a cardboard structure, right?

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Aka Alice June 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Reading material…priceless!

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Jyll June 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm

My autistic son had a large TV box that he did this to years ago. It is still one of his fondest memories! If he weren’t so distructive and then angry at me for destroying his own things, I might purchase this too. For now, we are just avoiding them. But she did a great job on hers!

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Gray Matter June 9, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Sure, cute at 3, but what if that’s her permanent port-o-potty?Kidding, so cute.

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Melani June 9, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Hey Mom 101~ remember when you said you did the Montel show? Well it aired today at 1:00 this afternoon! I totally recognized you the minute I saw you! I feel like I know a celebrity! I am in California. Love your blog, when I get the chance to read it.

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Caroline June 9, 2008 at 10:40 pm

I’m not sure anyone could dream up such brilliance! For real. A space such as this HAS to inspire a poop in the potty. Thalia gets a standing ovation down here in FL.!

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Ruth Dynamite June 10, 2008 at 1:08 am

So would this be an “in-house”?Love it. Brilliant kid!

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