June 28, 2010

And we're back. . .

Sorta, kinda, mostly.

We are back from CA. And other than the standard miserable drive and ridiculous amounts of excema from the excessive amount of chlorine, we had a great time.

And this is the part where I desperately beg for your help.

Once we got home from CA, I decided that I would potty train my son. After 3 days of intensive, sit on the potty every 30 minutes, wear underwear instead of diapers to realize when he had gone, getting candy, stickers and prizes promised, he peed on the toilet once.  ONCE. Wanna know how many times he peed on the floor? I lost count after 5.

And before you start lecturing me on starting too early, this child of mine is 3 1/2.  Yeah.  He's plenty old to sit on a toilet and have something happen.

So, my plea is this: Do you have some miracle potty training trick?  Because candy and cookies and stickers and play dough and a super awesome Handy Manny toy have not done the trick.

HELP ME!
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16 comments:

Pam said...

Seriously check Sarah over at Clover lanes thoughts on potty training http://memoriesoncloverlane.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-thoughts-and-tips-on-potty-training.html

It worked like a charm she is a genius!

Ruth said...

I have absolutely no idea about the potty training. My older 2 sons I did early and it was too much of a battle. My middle son did not potty train until he was past 4, as did my daughter. My last daughter is 3.5 and I am giving it a whirl come Thursday. We shall see what happens...

Rochelle said...

Wow, I just went through this with my three year old and it was torture. (he also got a handy manny toy, weird)it only took a few days of trying til he could get number 1, and MONTHS for number 2, and that's the less fun number! Hang in there, boys take time!

Mandy said...

we sit Treson down on his potty while we're running his bathwater- works like a charm. But if that's not your cup of tea, I guess another thing you can do is educate/inspire him with videos and books. - cultivate his desire to do it

Lourie said...

I have no miracle advice for you. You know it's a battle. One thing I was told, is get the whole family involved. If he pees in the potty everyone gets a treat. They will be rooting him on. Good luck. Sorry I am not more helpful for you. Potty training is rough.

MommyJ said...

Give yourself a day off, then try again. Henry is three, and we just finished potty training. We tried, and it didn't work. So we quit trying for a few days, even a few weeks when he was absolutely not interested. Then, we tried again. Don't get mad at him, just tell him it's something he has to do eventually and you know he can do it. When he does, have a party. Not a real party, but man oh man, sing his praises out the wazoo!! And don't stress. He'll get it. They all do eventually.

Jo said...

Just think of all the money you will be saving on diapers once you get through this! The best advice I can give you is keep him in big boy pants all the time (except for at night) He will get it in two weeks tops. If you go back and forth with the diapers he might not get it as fast. Don't worry about the messes even if you go out. If he pees his pants while you are out and you didn't bring a change then let him sit it it.

Annette Lyon said...

No great advice--just horrific nightmare memories of that era with my son and lots and lots of sympathy! Good luck!

Momza said...

toss a cheerio in the toilet and tell him to "aim" for it...
boys like that.

And make sure you celebrate his attempts like it's 4th of July every time!

Liesl said...

Potty training is the devil! Least favorite parenting task by far.

My only advice is to stick to your guns! I know, we might think if we force the issue we're going to psychologically damage them, but I really do think this is a battle of wills. He is fully capable of going on the toilet, he's just used to the diaper and doing it whenever he wants. This is just a thought process that needs to be redirected. Don't give up. It will click. He won't go to college in diapers.

Linds said...

This has worked like a charm with both my boys. Pick a series of days when you can stay home, stock up on groceries, etc. Take his shorts and underwear off and let him run wild and free. It's amazing how much more aware they are when their parts are open to the air. Continue to give prizes (a few M&M's worked great) maybe one for just trying without complaining and a handful for actually producing. We had a few accidents, but they figured it out usually before the end of day one. The remaining days were just to reinforce the idea. Good luck!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

I don't have much advice because my girls were pretty easy. But my sister had a heck of a time with her son. I'm pretty sure he was four or so before he really got it.

Charlotte said...

I always waited till the kids were three, anyway. I had some hard kids and struggled. Just remember it won't last forever! Eventually he will be trained. That gave me the patience I needed to keep going, even when it was stressful.

Loralee and the gang... said...

My youngest was about that age and we fINALLY finally resorted to agreeing to let him watch the previously banned Sponge Bob Square Pants, once he went potty with no accidents for a certain period of time (of which I can't remember). Anyway, it worked, he got to watch ONE Sponge Bob episode, and he was potty-trained! (I think we - mom and dad - got the better end of the deal!)

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

I have no good advice for you because my oldest basically trained herself and my youngest is only 2 and I'm not pushing it yet. However, you did make me laugh. Just to clarify . . . I'm not laughing at you; I'm laughing with you . . . you are laughing right? ;)

Courtney said...

I know I am a little late, but I thought I would give you an idea anyways. I potty train my kids right around 2, I hate diapers.
Anyways, here's what works best for me. Privileges- when you are wearing dry underwear you get to do things like play in the playroom, sit on the furniture, sit on Mom's lap... when your underwear is soiled you get it taken away (until you go in the potty, you can earn it back)- so while you are naked you cannot sit on my furniture, you cannot leave the linoleum, you cannot play in the playroom, you eat your lunch/snack on the kitchen floor.
This seems to work well, it worked well with my sister's daughter too!
Good luck!
Have you also read the book- Potty Training in a Day, maybe you missed a step?

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