I received so much support from friends and cyber friends while potty training that I thought I would write about what finally worked for us.
This is how we went from, pre-school teacher April, 2012 wow your son really doesn’t give into peer pressure does he? He’s the only one not potty trained
to June, 2012 pre-school teacher tommy is now the teacher…we are bringing kids over to the potty when he goes and he is teaching them how to go potty
Sorry had to take a laughing break because both comments crack me up. Now I can begin to type again. The first comment is funny, I mean do I want him to be the kid that gives in to peer pressure, of course not. The second comment, just down right weird. I thought you told me all the kids were already potty trained…hmmm?
The method we used I am calling the Timeline Method. If this is trademarked somewhere sorry about that, just let me know and I will give ya props!
In April, soon after the above comment, I began to tell Tommy that when you turn 3 you go potty. Very matter of fact and casually I would mention this into our conversations. Your birthday party, oh yes you will be getting some presents oh and yes you will be 3 so you will be using the potty and wearing underwear…yay! Always with a smile and excitement in my voice.
Up to this point he had absolutely no interest and also could not be bribed with my fancy m&m’s ™ or mysterious prize box.
Fast forward to his birthday party in late May. We are getting dressed and he says, wait I can’t wear pull-ups™ I wear underwear now…I’m 3.
I was about to say, well it’s ok for today because we have a million people coming over- but I had to go with it. YES you are right. We put on underwear that he had picked out at the store and we went for it!
The great thing is- he actually went for it…. during the party and for each day since then! PHEW!
With the assistance of the timeline method, and now we also like the m&m’s ™ and prize box we are, wait for it, wait for it…..POTTY TRAINED.
My next challenge- phasing out the rewards. I now wait to see if he asks, if he does I give him his precious bribe..if not we just let it be.
GOOD LUCK POTTY TRAINING! Every Kid is different and will eventually get there!
You will survive the mess of it all! You just have to figure out what will work for your kid!