Posted by: Jamie Stamm | September 4, 2008

Potty Training Chronicles: Episode 3

It’s been well over a month since I last wrote about Anthony’s foray into potty training and for good reason – there has been absolutely no progress. We’re encouraging him to try to pee when he wakes up each morning and before bath time each night, and the other day, I even tossed a few Cheerios in the bowl and told him to try to sink them, but he has zero interest. In fact, he seems to have regressed a bit; now he won’t even tell me when he needs his pull-up changed. He’d rather walk around in training pants so full that they practically sag to his knees.

I am getting desperate – and not because I feel like Anthony needs to be use the potty yet (although an iota of curiosity would be nice). Yes, I am desperate because I am selfish; after more than five years of changing diapers, I’m ready to be finished. So on Tuesday morning, while Anthony was at his first day of preschool, I rummaged through the dollar bins at Target, choosing books, games and other assorted junk for a potty prize box.

I started talking up the prize concept on the way home from school, and when we reached the house and I discovered Anthony’s pull-up was dry, I quickly directed him to the bathroom, with a pit stop in his room to entice him with the box. He immediately reached for an Elmo baseball book, but I pulled it away.

“Not unless you use the potty,” I said.

Anthony ran to the bathroom, pulled his stepstool in front of the toilet and climbed on top. I lifted the lid and helped him with his shorts and pull-up, and he assumed the position.

Not five seconds later, he stepped down.

“I need cereal,” he said.

So I raced to the kitchen and grabbed some Cheerios. Anthony first put them in his mouth, then – remembering why he had asked for the cereal – tossed the little O’s into the potty. He leaned forward, concentrated hard for a second or two and then, for what seemed like the hundredth time, said, “Pee-pee won’t come out, Mommy. Pee-pee won’t come out.”

“Well, good boy for trying,” I said, also for the hundredth time.

But then …

“Where’s my prize?”

What? Oh no …

“Anthony, you have to actually pee in the potty to get a prize,” I said.

“But I want my Elmo book,” he wailed.

“But you didn’t pee.”

“I want my booook!”

Needless to say, there have been no potty attempts since.

Good grief.

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Responses

  1. Try potty rewards. It worked great for our son .He love pushing the audio push button hearing he is a Big Boy and opening a door to find a chocolate surprise. He really became involved. He was peeing and pooping in his potty within a week. I know every child is different, but have a look and see if this would work for you. http://www.pottytrainingrewards.com


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