Potty Training Resolve

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Potty Training Resolve

I have big plans for this year. Stay on top of the household chores, do better at homeschooling, actually make it through my Bible reading without quitting, exercising more, making better nutrition choices, and potty training my three-year-old. While I’m already behind on everything, nothing is quite so simultaneously exasperating and entertaining as the last one. I have been introducing the idea of potty training for several months, as she shows interest. For Christmas, I even found her some panties I thought she would like (and she does, just not enough to wear them or sit on the potty). Well, what’s a mommy blogger to do, but write about it.

H12182566_10153259899194779_4896111380467481542_oow to potty-train your strong-willed threenager in SIX easy steps.

  1. Allow her to pick her training potty, pull-ups, and underwear.
  2. Let her sit on and play with the potty. Remain calm as she refuses to actually sit on the potty but begins disassembling it.
  3. Try on the new underwear. Hold your ground as she wants to switch from yellow to purple to blue every three minutes.
  4. Comfort her, while putting on a diaper, after she pees all over the carpet because she refused to sit ON the potty to go to the bathroom.
  5. Attempt to keep a positive attitude even as you clean the carpet (for which I used my Thieves household cleaner).
  6. Give up for the day, week, month, or year. Put in on your New Year’s resolution list, but with a wide category: In 2016, she will be potty-trained.

4 thoughts on “Potty Training Resolve

  1. Rabia @TheLiebers

    My daughter was the hardest to train and we weren’t done until the week after her 4th birthday. My middle son potty trained himself. I have absolutely no recollection of the process! My youngest was in the middle. We worked on it and he seemed to catch of fairly quickly. He’s still wet at night, but that runs in the family.
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    1. growin49_wp

      Our son was trained around four as well – in part because for half that time he only had me due to deployments. I certainly didn’t know how to help him with some things. Then we moved to Europe where men often sit, and the German Kindergarten helped with the training. Our girl though, is just plain stubborn!

  2. Jenny @ Unremarkable Files

    Yikes, potty training can be a bear. We’ve always done the one-day potty training method in the book by Nathan Azrin (try not to laugh, it’s from the 70s so it’s a little dated and cheesy) and while you go crazy that day and there are accidents for a few weeks afterward, we’ve liked it. Good luck!

    1. growin49_wp

      The outright screaming and crying throughout the process has put the training on hold for another month. She “acts” ready some of the time, but when it comes down to sitting on the potty and pulling down the pants, she wants nothing to do with it. I will look into the one-day method though.

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