Potty Training Resistance
My son, who is 3, was on his way to being potty trained earlier this year, when he had a set-back and got scared of the potty. Since that time, he wants nothing to do with the potty! Should I wait until he's ready? --tropicofmom
I remember back in the day when I came to a stunning conclusion about potty training. If I waited for my son, Spencer to tell me he was 'ready,' I would wait forever! Or at least a lot longer than I knew I could wait.
The consensus of more than a hundred moms is that waiting for a toddler to say, "I want to use the potty," is like waiting for a teenager to say, "I want to clean my room." It's reportedly happened a few times, but no one should expect it.
So, I determined when Spencer was physically and emotionally ready, and then proceeded confidently with my potty training party plan. And I think you should do the same. Have a potty party.
Because the question really isn't whether your son should sit, go cold turkey, or wait. The answer is in providing your son motivation. You mentioned he was nearly potty trained earlier in the year. So we know he understands what to do. The problem is he doesn't want to do it!
So give him the incentive that he is lacking. Check out my tips for throwing a potty party or my book, Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro. Good luck!
More potty training advice:
- Potty Training Tips from the Potty Pro, Teri Crane
- Signs of Potty Training Readiness
- Potty Training Reinforcement: Bonding with the Potty
Talk to other potty training parents who are also in the pee-pee & poo-poo trenches on our Toddlers & Preschoolers Message Board!