Using the Potty at School But Not at Home
My 32-month-old only uses the potty at school. We've tried having a potty party and using a potty reward system, but he shows little interest. Do I just stop training at home and let school keep training? —es_mommie
Let's be honest, getting a child into the bathroom is not an easy feat. Most children are not enthusiastic about walking into the bathroom and trying to use the potty. Rarely, if ever, will asking the question, "Do you need to use the potty?" work. Instead, when you want him to go to the bathroom or you notice that he is fidgeting, holding his genitals, crossing his legs or pacing, use the suggestion/command technique to get him to the bathroom. "Mommy has to use the bathroom. Let's look at some books together and keep each other company. Or race him to the bathroom, suggest that you skip or hop there, or simply say, "Mommy's going to sit on the big potty now and you get to sit on your potty too!"
For more ideas on how to use the suggestion/command technique, please check out my book Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro.
For more potty training advice, check out:
Potty Training Tips from the Potty Pro, Teri Crane
Potty Training Resistance
Top Ways to Make Potty Training More Fun for Boys
Talk to other potty training parents who are also in the pee-pee & poo-poo trenches on our Toddlers & Preschoolers Message Board!