Molly Sims on potty training: ‘I did jellybeans, sticker charts, toys, I bribed’


Molly Sims has really flourished in her transition to lifestyle guru. She’s got a new series on her blog called Let’s Talk About, which is a platform for people to ask her anything they want. She also has her new book, Everyday Chic, coming out next week, which I’m meh on. She always looks good but our styles are very different, not to mention the whole she’s-a-former-supermodel-with-stylists and I’m, well, not. However, I’m curious to see how “everyday” the prices of her suggestions are.

Even though Molly was a model and actress, I think she’s really carving her niche in the Mom Spot. To her credit, she’s involved with organizations like Live Health Online, trying to bring awareness to issues like fertility and postpartum health. Recently Molly spoke to People about being a mom. She says her two-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is carrying on the family tradition of nudity.

The actress and model tells PEOPLE that she has “that’s my kid” moments because her daughter Scarlett May can’t seem to keep her clothes on  —  and when she was Scarlett’s age, Sims couldn’t either.

“It’s so funny because my mom used to say this about me, that I could never keep my clothes on,” Sims, 44, says in a Celeb Parents Get Real segment. “[Scarlett] is constantly naked.”

“She answered the door … butt naked,” she adds. “And I think it’s payback.”

The mother of three — Sims also has two sons: Brooks Alan, 5, and Grey Douglas, 8 months — goes on to say that “there were many times over many pregnancies that I almost lost it.”
“I think this pregnancy with Grey was the hardest. I was so sick,” Simms continues, describing a memorable trip into New York City on the Long Island Expressway. “I was like, ‘You’ve got to pull over’ and I was vomiting on the side of the road because I was so sick. I was so nauseous.”

Asked whether there was one parenting moment she would redo, Sims answers she wouldn’t have put so much pressure on her oldest son Brooks to be potty trained so early.

“I did jellybeans, I did sticker charts, I did toys — I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but yes, I bribed,” Sims says. “Someone said to me, ‘When they’re ready, they’re ready.’ The day he was ready, he didn’t need a Batman toy.”

[From People]

That’s too bad Grey’s pregnancy was so rough because I know that one was a surprise. I do want to co-sign the toilet training thing but it won’t do any good for those of you going through it. I was told the same thing as Molly, many times, and I didn’t listen. I was so sick of dirty clothing and cleaning up that I was willing to do anything to get them on that darn toilet. Plus, I was convinced that mine would, in fact, be the one child in the world that went to college in diapers. (That is what everyone tells you as you sob in despair, “don’t worry, your kid won’t go to college in diapers.”) So, I have no advice for the toilet training parents, but I’m happy to offer a shoulder to cry on because it sucks.

As far as Scarlett the nudist – you go, girl. Both mine were. They were spontaneous nudists too, their clothing kind of vanished as they wandered around the house. They never answered the door, though – clothed or otherwise. In the segment, Molly goes on to say that Scarlett was “spicy” and has “a scream… that can pretty much glass.” This isn’t the first time she’s remarked on Scarlett’s ‘spiciness.’ Obviously Scarlett keeps Molly on her toes. As far as I’m concerned, let them be nude. And maybe even spicy too. The world could use a few more spicy nudists running about. Let’s start a club.




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  1. Mel M says:

    Potty training has been the hardest thing yet in parenting for me. When your kid is not motivated by anything you have zero control and you just have to wait until they want to. My twins also have screams that can shatter glass and my boy twin is a nudist.

    • minx says:

      My daughter was a nudist too! They do grow out of it, or at least she did.
      As far as potty training, I had the attitude that they’ll do when they do it. My son did it far later than my daughter.

      • Mel M says:

        It’s so weird because I thought he was growing out of it because the last few months he asks for clothes and is obsessed with socks and shoes. Over the last two weeks though he’s back to strippin 🙄.

    • swak says:

      Learned with my first one. I taught and thought Christmas break would be a good time to start potty training with my oldest. She wanted nothing to do with it. First day back to work, she came home from the babysitters, asked for big girl panties and never had an accident from that point on. So I let my other two do it on their time. I would ask, but if they said no I didn’t push it. My youngest did big girl panties one day (she conquered it), said she wanted her diapers back and when I didn’t do it immediately she showed me what was what and went back to diapers for two more weeks. Ah, children!

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Have you tried thick cloth undies or no undies when you are at home? I did that with my twins, and boy, it really speeded things up, as they did not like the pee running down their legs that quickly got cold.

      • Mel M says:

        My son is trained now thank goodness but it took forever and lots of fights and tears. After about 8 month of inconsistency one weekend my husband just took the diaper and let him go naked and he didn’t have any accidents and that’s when it finally stuck. I’m really scared about how training will go with my twins though. They just turned two and my boy twin obviously hates poop in his diaper but won’t let me know, he’all just pull it out and hand it to me or smear it all over his crib 🤢.

    • Shocked says:

      Oddly enough this seemed to be an easy thing for my kids. I would sit on the tub facing them, get them a towel to wrap up in (what is it about bathrooms always being drafty and frigid?), and I would sit there singing songs with them or even letting them play with toys. The only thing that prevented one of them from being confident in using the bathroom by themselves was that the shower curtain would move a bit in the breeze, and they were afraid of “ghosts.” So I just showed them how to check behind the curtain, or to even move it out of the way if it frightened them. I definitely told them (honestly) that even now, as an adult, I still check behind the curtain because it freaks me out, too!

  2. Tiffany says:

    I follow Molly on IG and yes, her daughter has a ton of spunk.

  3. Chingona says:

    My oldest potty trained himself before two becuase he hated diapers, my next two at 2 years old, but my last one who is 3 refuses to use the potty and I tried everything from bribes to being in the bathroom for two hours with him. I finally just have decided to let him decide when he is ready. He is also a nudist and hates clothes. We recently went to a birthday party and they had a water jumping house, well he decides to get completely nude. My oldest son comes running to tell me and there he was jumping completely nude in the middle of the jumping house. My husband had to dive in and wrangle him out with him screaming, ” I want to jump naked”!

  4. thaisajs says:

    Peer pressure is finally what got my daughter on the potty, sometime between ages 3 and 4. She got the concept but didn’t want to do it until most of her friends were doing it at school.

  5. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Holy gods has her face changed:

    • PlainJane says:

      Honestly did not know who she was when I saw her picture. I recognized the name, but not the face. Crazy!

    • roses says:

      Yes it has. I had to do a double take on that header photo to make sure it was her.

  6. smcollins says:

    My son turns 4 in a few weeks and is nowhere near being potty trained. We’re constantly putting him on the toilet in hopes of something happening, but nope….And then 5 minutes after putting a diaper back on he’s all “diaper change, I pooped.” We’re convinced that if he would just do that while on the potty it’ll finally click for him. We joke that our 18-month-old will be potty trained before he is. We don’t pressure him too much but it is very frustrating.

    • Wren33 says:

      The only way I got my 3 year old to poop on the potty was to let him watch cartoons while sitting on the little potty for an hour or so. I always know when he is going to poop because he runs and hides somewhere.

      • smcollins says:

        He watches cartoons on his tablet. We put him on not long after he eats and he’ll sit there for 30 minutes or more. He usually winds up peeing, just not consciously. He has no indicators when it comes to having to go, either. I swear he’s oblivious until after the fact! Lol

    • K says:

      I hear you. Same boat here, at almost four. It’s not easy to be calm about it because every other kid seems to be using the toilet by now.

  7. Amber says:

    I love your comment about the world needing more spicy nudists. It’s reaffirming to us all that stars share the same struggles that we do!

  8. Lexilla says:

    I have to speak up for bribes. We offered our daughter a temporary tattoo every time she “pottied” and it worked immediately, to my shock. Within a week she was like a little biker chick, both arms covered in Mickey Mouse tattoos.

  9. detritus says:

    spicy nudists unite!
    As a child I hated clothing. I remember constantly being shocked at how people were so obsessed with naked bits and underpants, when everyone had them. (I got yelled at by teachers for wearing a dress and hanging upside down on the monkey bars at 6)

  10. M4lificent says:

    It’s a combo of physical, social, psychological, and motivational — and it’s a different mix for every kid.

    My niece refused until she was 3 1/2 and discovered that she wouldn’t be able to go to pre-school like her big brother. She was instantly trained in an afternoon. As she was sitting on the potty, she asked her mom when she was going to get the puppy that her mom had bribed her with six months previously. (She got the puppy.) I also had a brother and a nephew who potty trained easily, but were very heavy sleepers and dealt with bed wetting through much of their youths. I’ve known several babies that potty-trained themselves at 12 or 14 months before their parents were even thinking about it. For each kid, it’s a different scenario.

    My son was in an in-home daycare with 5 other babies to pre-schoolers. His provider was wonderful, and she and I were very agreed on not pushing potty training. (She turned down any prospective family that insisted on beginning potty training before 2.) So, my son got to see it as a positive “big kid” thing, and he got to sit on the potty when he wanted, but he had consistency between home and daycare that it wasn’t a huge priority. He potty trained himself for pooping at 2 1/2 because he didn’t like messy diapers. A couple of months later, we tried a little more formal training with peeing, but he just wasn’t ready. So, I let it rest, and two months after he turned 3, my kid just started having dry diapers. After a week of dry diapers, we just went to underpants. After two months of dry diapers at night, he was like — mom, why do I still have wear a pull-up?

  11. Millenial says:

    My two year old currently likes to sit on the potty but not do anything. He peed once and we made a big fuss over him being so great, and since then, nothing. Which is fine, he’s not even 2 and a 1/2. I don’t get why people rush.

  12. PhatGirl says:

    Wow. I only have one son that I had to potty train, but I had two step sons who were 8 and 10 when he was born so it was easy. When he was about two all I had to do was anytime I saw his brothers headed for the bathroom I would say “go watch bubba, see if you can do it!” After a couple of times watching his dad and brothers do it he was trained. The only question he ever asked the first time he did it on his own was “sit or stand for poo poo?”

  13. K says:

    My kid will be the only one in the world to go straight from diapers to Tampax.

    I’ll just be sobbing in a corner now. As you were.

  14. jwoolman says:

    I have a gold star on my bound copy of my dissertation.

    My adviser put it there. He had a large stock of gold and silver stars left over from potty training his last child, and decided to use them as motivational tools for his grad students….

  15. Dhanya says:

    Great article and thanks for sharing pictures of Molly and her family.