Let’s set aside all discussion of God and the meaning of life for a moment and talk about pee-pee and pooh-pooh. I need some advice here:
My oldest is two and a half. The baby is due in September (a few weeks before his third birthday). I’d like to have my son potty trained (or at least very close) by the time the baby gets here.
The problem is, he does not share this vision. I’ve read kids books about potty training to him, offered to have him pick out his own big-boy pants, enticed him with the special goody box from which he can choose stickers or candy when he uses his potty chair, etc. He calmly but firmly insists that he has zero interest in sitting on the potty chair and is perfectly happy having me change his diapers, thank you very much.
A couple of questions here:
- I’ve heard of all sorts of different, detailed methods of going about it, like this one. It makes my head spin. Is there one right or wrong way to do it? I’d LOVE to hear any success stories anyone would like to share.
- At what point do I force the issue? I mean, if he’s ten and is still insisting on wearing diapers, I’m thinking I’m going to have to say something. I keep waiting for him to show an interest, but nothing yet.
- Assuming I do have to force the issue at some point, how do I go about doing that without becoming Mommy Dearest? What do you do when your child really resists using his potty chair (or the toilet, or the side of the house, or any non-diaper method of going to the bathroom)?
The only amusing thing that has come out of this was the look on my husband’s face when I told our son at the dinner table that the “Potty Fairy” might bring him a special treat after the first time he uses his potty chair. The Tooth Fairy, who takes the celebrated object and leaves a little treat in its place, is my husband’s only frame of reference for the “milestone fairy” crowd. He was very concerned about how this might work with the Potty Fairy.
Anyway, all thoughts and stories and advice welcome. I have a busy 11-month-old to keep up with as well, so I’m hoping that the key to success here doesn’t involve me having to focus on potty-related activities for long stretches of uninterrupted time.
For some reason this is rocket science to me.
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