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Potty Training: almost sent me to therapy…

Potty training is hard. 

There should be local support groups for this kind of thing.  Like, we should sit in circles and tell everyone why our potty trainee is the most stubborn and un-cooperative little learner ever.  And then when you hear the next story, hopefully it will cheer you up and give you hope.  You know, that your kid isn’t the only one completely happy sitting in 3 hour old poop that his mommy never caught wind of.  Ugh.

However, I no longer need to attend mentioned support groups.  Because, yes my friends, we have reason to celebrate in our home.  Our monkey of a boy (child #2) is trained.  Completely.  I know, there are way cooler things to blog about on a “craft/sew/create” blog…………but potty training success stories always trump everything else.  All other projects were put on hold.

Because hallelujah, my 3 1/4 year old finally figured out that undies are much cooler than soggy diapers.

After a lot of potty training ups and downs, I inwardly decided that I was letting go of the potty training idea until he was 4.  I don’t know why age 4 was going to be my limit……but it just seemed like age 4 was way too old to wear diapers.  (But 3 years and 11 months was okay.  haha!)  And then if he still didn’t want to master the potty by age 4, I decided that all diapers were going in the trash and the kid would have to sit, play, sleep, etc in the bathtub…..where his mess would be contained.  And he would remain there until he was completely trained.  (I know.  Lame.)

Is there anyone out there struggling with a stubborn potty trainee?  Well, maybe our story will help.  Or make you glad your child wasn’t as stubborn as ours was.

Either way……


Humor me, while I rewind.

We have talked and talked about the potty.  We told him big boys use the potty, showed him potty books, talked about getting his very own potty, etc.  He was so excited.  Then we finally bought him his own potty this past July.  He was thrilled.  We even bought him ‘Cars’ and ‘Toy Story’ underwear, which he thought were so cool.  So one morning, we decided to give this potty training thing a go.  He snacked, drank juice, and watched “Elmo goes Potty” DVDs while sitting on his portable potty in front of the TV. He got lucky and went pee 2 times in the potty that day.  But then he got tired of sitting in front of the TV so long……and said, “this takes too long”, and was done.  He peed his pants the rest of the day.

And during all of the pee pee accidents that day, he even pooped his pants.  This all happened while he was in the bathroom, refusing to just sit and try.  He realized what he had done and pulled down his underwear to show me what happened and……..his little treasure tumbled out of his pants and onto the floor.

He just stood there with his undies around his ankles, and stared at that thing.   

And then he threw up all over the floor.

Yeah, 2 treasures for me to clean up that day.

I washed that kid up, disinfected the floor, slapped a fresh diaper on him, and we gave up for the day.

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We tried many times after that to build his enthusiasm again.  We talked about new toys, new movies, new undies, etc.  We even told him that once he was potty trained, we could go to the toy store and he could pick out anything he wanted.

Seriously, anything.  He was so excited about that but then looked us right in the face, like it was no big deal, and said, “hmmm, maybe when I’m 4!”

Then, one day he pulled this book off the book shelf and asked me to read it.  He loved it.


I told him there was a Lion King movie that was just like the book.  His excitement grew and he asked (pretty please) if we could buy the movie.  So then I told him “sure”……but after he learned how to go to the potty.  I told him I would even get him some Lion King toys to play with, while watching the new movie.  I don’t know, I just thought it would motivate him.  He kept saying “yeah, I will get the Lion King movie after I go potty!!”  He was so thrilled at the thought but then when we’d mention sitting on the potty to try, he’d quickly turn completely disinterested and say, “no thanks!”.  Grrrrrr.

So I took matters into my own hands and ordered a whole slew of Lion King garb so that he could see it up close and know that it was real.  And that he could have it once he used the potty.  I set it in the bathroom and brought him in there to see it.  He was through-the-roof excited.  Especially about the movie.


He was hopping up and down with excitement and wanted to watch it so badly.  So I reminded him that it was for after he learned to use the potty.  I excitedly asked him if he wanted to sit on the potty and give it a try…….without even breaking stride, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “nope”, and walked out of the bathroom……like the Lion King stuff didn’t even exist.  I mentioned to him that we’d probably have to put the stuff back in the box and send it back to the store if he wasn’t going to use the potty.  He then told me to just put it in the box and save it for him for when he was 4.  Because that’s when he stated he would learn to use the potty.  I just laughed inside.  And realized it wasn’t worth forcing.

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This kid was far from interested.  So we decided we would bring it up every now and then……but we’d give him his space.  And just see what happened.

We went through several more casual underwear-drive-by’s at the store, mentioning he could pick out any kind of new underwear he wanted.  He always simply said, “No thanks!!”.  So we left it alone.

But then, about a week and half ago, I was thinking we should start the potty training thing again.  And no joke, my husband came to me a few hours later and said he was going to have a pee pee party with our little boy that weekend, so we could get him trained.  Fantastic.  We were both going to be home all weekend and were excited to give this another try.

Now, we had to convince our 3 year old that he would love it too.

So, Saturday morning, after the kids were up and breakfast was eaten, we grabbed our little boy his clothes and a diaper to put on him for the day.  But instead of grabbing his regular sized diaper, we did a little tricking.  (And knew once we did this, there was no going back.)


Yeah, we bought newborn size diapers in the same brand as his regular diapers so that the color and style would look mostly the same (we call these the ‘monkey diapers’….so if there was no monkey on it, he would have noticed).  Then, my husband tried putting the newborn sized diaper on him, like it was his regular diaper.  Then, he got all concerned and said, “Oh no buddy!  Your diaper isn’t fitting you!”  He kept pulling and struggling and grunting, while trying to make that diaper fit.  My little boy kind of giggled and said, “stop tricking me daddy!”  Then he told our boy, “No buddy, these really aren’t fitting.  Look!”  And he showed him how it wouldn’t wrap around on both sides.  My husband then shrugged his shoulders and said, “I guess your diapers don’t fit you anymore.  You are such a big boy now, diapers don’t fit you anymore.”  Then he told him it was no big deal and then explained that he could put on underwear today and we would have a pee pee party to celebrate.  Our little guy looked concerned but his eyes quickly brightened as we explained that we would have a party the whole day to help him learn how to use the potty since his diapers didn’t fit him anymore.  (By the way, I got the diaper idea from one of you, who left it in a comment one day.  Whoever you are who mentioned it, thank you a million times!)

So here’s how the Pee Pee Party went.

We bought all sorts of salty snacks.  Mostly chips…..because this kid adores them.  (And we figured one day of pure chips wouldn’t kill him. Ha.)  And tons of juice.  He was allowed to eat all the salty chips he wanted, so that he would drink, drink, drink.  We wanted his little body to produce lots of pee so that there would be plenty of practicing throughout the day.

But not only did our little boy feast on the treats, so did my husband.  Because we decided he would need to be his potty role model.  So anytime daddy had to use the potty, my husband would jump up all excited and they would both run in there so that our little boy could watch.  And see what daddy was doing.  And let’s just say, I lost count of how many times my poor husband had to use the potty that day.  But, he took one for the team!

After watching daddy go potty and seeing that it wasn’t so bad…….he sat down and gave it a try.  And emptied his very full bladder. He jumped up so excited and we all hooted and hollered.

We told him that for every time he peed he got 3 pieces of candy and every time he pooped, he got 5 pieces of candy.  He loved that!  (His big sister got the same amount…..so she became his biggest cheerleader because she wanted the candy as badly as he did.)

(By the way, after 2 days we knocked it down to 1 candy for pee and 2 for poo.  Once the bowl of candy was gone after about a week, he didn’t get any more treats for potty…..and surprisingly, he’s okay with that.)

We also bought all sorts of obnoxious boy underwear.  The kid doesn’t even know what a transformer is, but he thinks they are so cool.  And all of the super heroes??  Yeah, he thinks he loves them too.   (I’m sure his father has something to do with that!)

However, be sure to learn the super hero names before slipping them on your little boy.  He asked me who the guy was on his undies……and I said, “the Hulk”.  He later told his daddy that the super hero on his bum was the Hulk and his daddy quickly corrected him and told him it was Thor.  He pointed his accusing finger at me and ratted me out.  Ooops, he’ll never trust my super hero knowledge again. (Yay!)

My husband continued to take him to the bathroom to watch him, all day long.  And this little guy continued to pee in the potty all by himself.   He did have an accident or two……but we never scolded him.  Just moved forward.  He did eventually poop that day too.  Hooray……that boy was excited for 5 pieces of candy.

On day 2, he woke up and we told him we were going to have another pee pee party.  He was ecstatic!  I think the day before was near the best day of his 3 year old life.  Non-stop chips, juice, and plenty of candy.  A 3 year old dream!  (Okay, we did make him eat meals too, just so he wouldn’t get sick.)  But day 2 was just as successful……..plenty of action going on in the potty.  He did have one more accident that day…….on grandma’s hard wood floor.  (sorry mom!)  But after that, he was done.  He always told us when he needed to go potty.  He always ran to the potty like it was the most exciting thing of his life.  And then he would hop off, so thrilled with himself.  He mentioned to me on several occasions while giggling, “Aren’t you just so proud of me mommy?”  Haha……I guess I told him I was proud of him about a billion times.  It stuck! :)

And guess what?  Not a single accident since then.  Okay, maybe twice he has leaked just a bit in his undies……but he ran as fast as he could to the potty, where he finished his business.  So I consider that a success.

No more poop.  And no more pee.  Halle-stinkin-lujah!!!!

 I know, I’m acting as if we’ve won the lottery or something.  (Well, we kind of did considering the money we’ll save on diapers.)  But we were so done with the diaper thing.  And we’re so glad he is too.

And just so you know, after filling out a potty chart and not having any accidents for one whole week, he finally got all of this.  We even had a Lion King movie night, and ate dinner on a big blanket in front of the TV to celebrate.  He was beyond excited.

Yay buddy!  You’re 3 years, 3 months, and 24 days old today.

Thank you for not really waiting until you were 4.   And bless your sweet little self for saving us some grief!

Whew. 

Done.

Thank goodness.

 Something we learned:

Once we knew he was capable and it was more like a power struggle mixed with some fear, we decided to go for it with the pee pee party and knew we couldn’t go back.  Seriously, there was no going back.  We told him that diapers didn’t fit him anymore so we couldn’t suddenly “find” some if we decided this wasn’t going to work.  So, we had to decide mentally that we were okay with pee on the carpet, poop in his pants, accidents every day, etc.  (And we have night time diapers that look different and he knows those are ONLY for night time.  So we still put those on him at night.  He didn’t question it.)

 

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Nancy says:

    Not to be a negative Nancy here, but don’t all you people think it might be easier to potty train your kids when they’re 1-2 years? Both of mine were potty trained by 15 months and we had no problems because it wasn’t about testing will power or any of the other stuff that 3 year olds pull. Using the potty was just what we did.

  2. Kim says:

    Thanks so much for all of this! I was feeling like such a terrible mom – my 3 y 11 mold refuses but his 2 yr 11 mo younger brother is a potty pro! I don’t feels bad and will definitely try these ideas! Thanks again!

  3. Megan says:

    My son is 3 years and almost 2 months. He’s been peeing in the potty since Election Day (haha I know I was super excited) but he refuses to poop in the toilet. Any ideas?! I’d greatly appreciate them!!

  4. Deb says:

    Thank you for the reminder about the older sibling getting a reward too and would become their cheerleader. My 2yo DD is interested and has gone, and my 4yo DS asks if he gets a treat too and I said no b/c he was already a big boy but his sister was still learning. I’m changing that plan today!

  5. Alison says:

    My little girl is 3 years and 10 months old. She is extremely stubborn as well and I have tried everything. I loved this post and going to use this mentioned. I am really hoping this works because I am out of ideas. Thanks for the post!

  6. rachel says:

    Its a blessing i found this article tonight, my son just turned 3 and i feel like he’s never going to be potty trained, reading this article made me feel so good that im not alone or a failure as a parent!

  7. misty says:

    Your son sounds exactly like mine. However, mine is 4 years and 1 month old as is still refusing to be potty trained. He was doing well before we moved 3 months ago but ever since has completely sworn it off. I’ve tried everything even potty watches and pullups with lightening McQueen (that I said I’d never buy). Your idea of too small diapers sounds fabulous except that my skinny little boy wears the same size 4 diapers ad his 2 year old brother. Now the thought has come to mind that I could train both but I don’t feel his little brother fits required “listening” criteria yet. Terrible twos. What would you suggest? I’m at my wits end with him!!!

  8. Charlene says:

    You should be a writer!!! I think that is about the best story I ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We are going to try that on my granddaughter!!!!
    Thanks for taking the time to share this!!!

  9. Misty says:

    This was such a cool idea. I will pass this along to people I know. Thankfully our youngest of 6 is 2 1/2 years old and completely potty trained. It took about a week. All of ours were fairly easy to train and it didn’t take too long. So glad this worked for you all and I do love the idea of the small diaper and pee pee party.

  10. Wendy says:

    Thank you so much for posting this, i’m going to have to try this, my little boy was doing so good and now he backed up again. Thank you again! Love your blog!!!

  11. Lisa says:

    Please don’t reward your kid with food. He’s not a dog. Candy as a desert or snack is all ok, but not as a reward.
    Potty training is hard, because if you believe Freud and his child development phases (I do) then you could “mess up” starting too early or too late. Glad he finally made it :) Oh and I remember those undies from my Au-Pair-Child, he loved them so much even though he never really knew anything about the super heros on them :D

  12. Prissilia says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I’ve also been toilet training my daughter without much success. I followed your candy method and it actually works :)

  13. Sara C. says:

    We had the same troubles with our son. Just not interested. I finally realized he wouldn’t still be wearing diapers in college, and just gave up for awhile. He trained himself in one day, just shy of his 4th birthday. He’d slept in our bed (a rarity) and first thing in the morning we made him march straight to the toilet and pee. That was it.
    We’ve had a few accidents since, but nothing unusual. Funny how some kids just have to do it on their own schedule. Ours has never been one to be rushed into decisions.

    Love the story!

  14. Monica says:

    We had a similar situation with our son when he was three. I waited until June to get him trained by the time preschool started in September. After a week I gave up. He wasn’t getting it. The next day — a Saturday my hubby decided to take over. I said Good luck and went out for the day. Well, I guess I was doing it wrong. Daddy showed him how to pee standing up! That was very cool and he almost never had an accident again!
    My daughter was almost three. She was so stubborn. She would stand in front of my and pee her adorable Arthur panties on my dinning room carpet. I said Barbie would never darken my door step. What was the only thing that would motivate her? Barbie!

  15. Jenny says:

    Old book, “How to Potty Train Your Child in Less than a Day.” If you are struggling, I highly recommend it. It worked with all four of my children. Well, three really. My second got up one morning and said, “No more diapers.” And she never had an accident. Otherwise, the others did it according to the book in one day, and between the three of them – I think we had two accidents. So, look it up – it’s totally worth the read.

  16. Anonymous says:

    My youngest son is 3 years 21 months and we still spend entirely too much time in pullups. Some days he is all about it and others he wants nothing to do with it:( This post does inspire me that there is hope!

  17. Kathryn says:

    24 years ago, when my daughter was 2 years and 2 months old, I used a book called Toilet Training in Less than a Day. The concepts are similar to many that I’ve seen here, and it absolutely worked. The trick is to use a doll that wets so that the child can comprehend exactly what is expected. My daughter had very few accidents after the initial training session, which only took a few hours. I assume the book is still in print. Good luck, everyone!

  18. Raquel says:

    I love this story. I am totally going to try this, but first is weaning my 3 year old daughter… We are having a weaning party for her in a few months, maybe I’ll make it a weaning/pee pee party!

  19. Michelle G. says:

    OMG… I’m so jealous. My son is 4 years and 3 months, and we have been trying to get him trained for a year and a half! I am so sick of cleaning up poop I could scream. I’d try a “potty party” but its not the concept of potty that my son doesn’t “get” its just that he FIGHTS me on going. When I finally can get him on the potty, he can go and does. But often he waits too long and refuses to go. UGH.

  20. Anika says:

    We are SO doing this! My son will be 3 next month and is way too big for diapers…I’m surprised they fit him at all! I just had a baby last month, though, so we’re waiting a few more months to start. I’m so done with diapering 2 kids!

  21. crystal says:

    One time when my son was potty training we were at a restraunt eating lunch. He said he needed to go potty so we went. He took soooooo long that when we came out, the waitress had thrown away our food and sat someone at our table!! LOL all because he wouldnt sit until he was finished, he had to keep getting up and down

  22. Eva Scott says:

    Congrats! My son is three in February. We are taking a paycut at the beginning of the year so I decided no more diapers! Ha! He has been showing signs for a little while now. We would go for it, he would do moderately well, then it was like he would get bored. I read your post and tucked it away. He began showing signs again last week so this Tuesday, we got rid of the diapers, went solely with big boy undies and four days later, it’s looking good! Our second day was the worst but the poor guy a stomach ache. Other than that, zero accidents!! Thanks for posting this. It was a great idea!

  23. Maria says:

    Thank you for this. I hate potty training. My 3 1/4 year old has also tried absolutely everything. We have puzzles and duplo fire trucks on top of the fridge for when he goes accident free for so many days. He talks all the time about all of the things he will get wen he goes potty, and then he just doesn’t care. Anyway, the biggest problem is that he is super super tall, as in tall as a 5 year old, so I am fearful I will have to start buying depends soon since he will grow out of his diaper. Anyway, we will give this pee pee party a try and the outgrown diaper thing too. Here’s to hoping I will have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

  24. connie says:

    That’s great that worked!
    another idea we did with our daughter, Right after her 2nd Birthday. I told her she was too big for diapers and she helped me throw them out, we waited for the trash guys to come and we waved and said “bye bye” to them. Then I gave her the gift I bought her. Princess undees, I told her that the princesses would be very sad if she went pee pee on them, we also bought her a very simple potty. Nothing with lights or bells, it’s not play time it’s potty time. She had a few accidents but we pretty much got her trained within 2 weeks. One thing I learned watching other is they kept giving in and letting them go back into diapers. I might be a mean mommy but once I tell her things will change… I do not go back on my word. It’s maybe my little stubborn one be a lot easier to raise.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to the boy! My little sister (now 10) was a bit over 4 when she was potty trained. My mom had such a tough time with her, but things worked out eventually. When she got mad at my mom she would threaten her with pooping in her pants! My mom also tried taking her to a friends house to get her to want undies like her friend had but it backfired and her friend started asking for diapers!

  26. leanne says:

    yep boys must be much harder than girls. I have been training my daughter who is 2 and 3/4 for about 2 weeks now and she has managed to get all of her poops in the potty (except one she ran and hid and pooped in her night nappy) and has only had about 5 or 6 wee accidents. I just put her straight into underwear. i recently did buy pullups to go out with and she does really well. We can go out shopping and to friends houses and she uses the toilet.
    We tried at the start of the year as soon as she turned two but she was scared and wouldn’t co-operate. I think wait till its summer if you can so you can put them in underwear and a t-shirt and nothing else and wait till they are really really ready and it shouldn’t be too hard. I have been pleasantly surprised by how easy it has been. That said I have a girl and it is much much easier than boys I think.

  27. Maureen says:

    I bought my son a peter potty toddler urinal and it worked amazing! He thought he was all grown up and it only took him 2 days to potty train! Hopefully it will work with my youngest, but I have time to wait for that.

  28. Lucy says:

    After going through a similar nightmare with my 2 eldest sons ( the last one, took until he was nearly 5!) I am totally dreading it with boy number 3. He’s nearly 2 so I know that next year will be all pooping and peeing everywhere! Apparently boys are much harder to train than girls as they seem not to mind playing in soiled pants! I hope that I remember the small nappy trick, I will definately be trying that one! Your totally right about no going back, you have to be prepared for all or nothing. We tried training pants with our last boy and I just think that they totally confused him, leading him to take ages! Well done!

  29. Shellee says:

    Do you have any tips for me? I work in a daycare and my newly 2 year old daughter goes to work with me. We’ve been putting her on the potty since she was about 15 months old. She loves going to the potty and she will pee and poop in it, if we time it right. We make it a BIG deal and give her 1 piece of candy for pee and 2 for poop. But I don’t know how to potty train her on a daily basis while I work. And we don’t get home until late. Can you help?? (PLEASE!!!)

    1. Misty says:

      The biggest thing is to wait until they show signs of being ready to train. Our youngest is 2 1/2 and it took about a week to fully potty train him. He was showing signs he was ready and that’s when we started. His signs were that he 99% of the time was staying dry overnight. He did not pee that often during the day, every couple of hours or more. He would tell me he needed a clean diaper. One day he looked at his diaper and said, “it’s coming”. We went straight out of diapers into underwear, pull ups at bedtime just in case. The best thing is to ask every 10-15 minutes if she needs to pee pee. Every 30-45 minutes you should put her on the potty anyway and try to get her to go. We asked our son, “where is the pee pee, I can’t see it?” and he would try to make pee pee. The key is to constantly ask and put them on the potty. Especially when they are only 2, they are not going to tell you they need to go they are learning what the sensation feels like. When we would go out we would sit him on the potty before we left and take him potty when we got where we were going. We asked him constantly while out and made sure he went again before we got back in the car. If she is not in your class in the daycare, her teachers need to know you are trying to train her so they can ask her and take her very often. Good luck.

  30. Vanessa says:

    This is something I’m SO not looking forward to when I have kids. But, I’ve heard a lot about Elimination Communication (google it!) and that seems like a logical idea – introduce the potty from a really young age (even just a few months) and it’s nothing scary from then on! Anything to miss the Potty Training struggle!!

  31. Sarah M says:

    Love this potty training story thank you for sharing, you’ve given me hope! Our 3 year old has been 70% trained for over a year and after a minor incedent where he tried to change himself (yes poop) he refuses to wear underwear. So I think we’re going to give this method a shot on the next long weekend.

  32. Katy says:

    Thanks for sharing such a well-timed story. I just started potty training this week with my almost 3-year-old and the first few days were really awful and lots of accidents. I think I’ve spent 1/2 of the day in the bathroom either cleaning accidents or waiting for the miracle. But we are getting there…I think? I hope?

    My tips so far:
    1. I found some rubber underwear covers and started using those. It helped keep the accidents from getting all over the house…mostly.

    2. When there is a protest, put child on toilet anyway. The kids are supposed to do everything else we tell them to do, right? So why not potty?

    3. DISINFECTING WIPES.

  33. Laura says:

    Congratulations! A few weeks ago I FINALLY got my son fully trained, so I understand your excitement. And he will be 4 at the end of November, so the pressure was on! The too-small diaper idea is BRILLIANT! I wish I’d thought of it. We just went with the “help me gather up all of your diapers because we have to throw them away since you are a big boy now” method. Kudos for a diaper-free life! It’s awesome, isn’t it?

  34. Heather says:

    UHGHGH I have 2 1/2 year old twins and I cant for the life of me get them to go. He could care less. At daycare, they work with them and one of the girls got a sucker. He flipped out and yelled ” I go potty too” ripped his diaper off and pooped on the floor. He doesnt care. Her on the other gets it but wont do it. She knows when she has to go and when she has to go #2, she yells her butt hurts and lets one rip. She has gone before on the potty, shes not scared of it, she loves flushing, she will even tell you “Im a big girl and I go on big girl potty” and yet SHE.WONT.GO Its very frustrating.

    1. crystal says:

      not to make a small thing of your frustration
      but I laughed soo hard.

      one day you’ll look back and find it hilarious, even if its frustrating now

  35. Margarita says:

    Woah… we’ve just started potty training and this is a pretty fantastic idea! Kidlet turned two in August and moved into the two year old room at daycare and since he saw the other kids doing it, he has been as well. No #2s yet– and we still have wet diapers but no where near as often– and we learned pretty quickly about the necessity of a potty upstairs and downstairs. The peepee party sounds pretty awesome… will defintely be thinking about that in a couple of months depending on how the training goes!!!!

    I say YES to saying potty training in a GREAT reason to interrupt the crafting blog!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

  36. Sreekala says:

    Goodness! That story gave me a lot of hope! My kid #2 is about the same age – he’s a July baby – somehow he’s pee pee trained, but still won’t do poo poo – he has to do it in a diaper! I think he feels kind of insecure in letting his “treasure” go down the loo so callously. I haven’t resorted to giving candy for poo poos as yet, but it seems a good idea! Thanks for the story! It’s so good to know there are others who have struggled and won – and when it was so easy with kid #1 too – I know, I know, one is not supposed to compare, but still!! :-)

  37. Holly Anne says:

    I totally understand. Recently me and my husband went through the same thing with our 3 year old daughter, Charlie. She just wouldn’t use the toilet. Finally she went in the toilet, but not after many treats and pleading. She still has a lot of accidents though. Like she’ll be sitting on the couch and have to go and go. For example, yesterday, we went to the mall to buy new shoes and she just went pee on the shoe store floor. This also happened with my oldest daughter Stacie(7) and my middle daughter Kennedy(5). They have to get used to it. Oh dear, I better go, Kennedy just fell off a swing!

    Holly Anne
    Kansas City, Kansas

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Hi, I'm Ashley

Hi, I’m Ashley—the DIY-enthusiast behind this crazy blog!

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