Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Potty Training....bribes???

My son will be 3 soon and I am soooo tired of changing his pants!!  He seemed to be interested in the potty at a very early age, so we went with it.  He did really good for a while, then we hit the wall!  He has been in training pants for over a year now, which may or may not be part of the problem.  He has just had absolutely no interest in using the potty.  I've tried potty chairs, stickers, candy, even bribes!  And still nothing.  And the big problem is that he won't tell us when he's wet or dirty.  He pees so much that it soaks his pants but he won't ask to be changed.  I don't know how he can stand it sometimes!

I've heard from those who are for and against using bribes, but at this point I am desperate for anything that works.  TMI alert....he has some poo's that can (and do) put a grown man to shame! 

He's really been wanting to go to school to play with the kids, so I've been trying to use that.  I tell him that as soon as he starts peeing and pooing in the potty, he can go to school.  And no, it's not an empty promise....once he's potty trained we do plan on getting him into a part-time daycare program so that he can have more interaction with kids.  He's seems to be excited about the idea, but he's still not really cooperating.  My latest "bribe" is Chuck E Cheese's.  Every time he sees the commercial on TV he asks to go there.  So, I told him that we would have a big celebration party as soon as he stops going in his underwear.  That one seems to be least for the past 2 hours since it started!!

I know that "he'll do it when he's ready", but what's wrong with a little encouragement?  Even if it is in the form of a bribe? :)

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