Potty Training: How Do You Grow Interest?
My 3 years, 4 months old son has absolutely no interest in potty training. It wasn’t always the case. Last summer, before he turned 3 years old, he showed signs of being ready to go on the potty and even went on it fairly often. I dove right in buying him superhero undies, reading potty-themed books, and rewarding him with stickers and chocolate chips. I thought we were on the way towards a diaper-free house.
Just as quick as he took interest, he lost it. “No” became the answer of choice when asked if he wanted to try using the potty. Not wanting to engage in a power struggle, I accepted that answer with a simple “okay!” Days passed then weeks and months and always the same “No, I don’t want to” response to my daily “Do you want to try the potty?” question. My now 8-year old daughter was a later potty trainer but she took a lot more interest in it. Starting on her 3rd birthday, she started sitting on the potty daily. Never a drop went in but she sat every day for 5 months when, one day, she decided she would completely train herself both pee and poop. We never looked back. I marveled at how easy it was and became an advocate for child-led potty training.
But with Owen I’m starting to doubt this approach. He’ll take interest for a day and then…nothing for weeks. Owen has a strong personality and wants to have control over most aspects of his world. It’d be fairly easy to fall into the power struggle hole with him so I’m trying to be careful about focusing on it too much. Yet I fear that we’ll be managing diapers until well into grade school at this rate. I’m trying to cling to the rationale that every child develops and advances at their own pace. Diapers, however, is one part of the growing up process that I’m eager to say “goodbye” to.
So I’m reaching out to my parenting community. I’m desperate for potty training ideas. How do I grow interest in potty training especially for a strong-willed boy?
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