Friday, October 24, 2014

As if the Toilet were Made of Monsters

My 4-year-old son refuses to potty train. To be fair to him, he has had issues with constipation and this has made him reluctant to poop at all! I keep telling him that it would hurt a lot less if he would stop holding it in, but he thinks mommy's pulling his leg about that, so we have to get creative by hiding prune juice within chocolate milk - things like that.

For a while, he was willing to pee in the toilet, just no pooping, but now he's become lazy on that front as well. The usual tricks haven't worked thus far. If we put him in just underwear with characters he likes on them, he'll just go in those - then there's more of a mess to clean up and he needs a shower. If we put cheerios in the toilet, I get lectured (by him) for dumping cereal where it shouldn't go. I've heard that fruit loops work better, as they're more colorful, but I fear I would just receive further lectures.

Reward charts haven't worked in this endeavor either, not yet anyway. He seems determined not to use the toilet, even though I promise monsters won't spring forth and bite him in the butt!

I'm considering trying out this site - they say that their methods can help any child to potty train in as little as 3 days. I figure if it works within 3 months, at this rate, it would be well-worth the minor cost to obtain the tips and information on how to make it happen. After I get it, read through all the materials, and put it to the test, I plan to write a review on this site - let you know how/if it worked out for my stubborn little man.

Have you had any issues potty training any of your children? Care to share any tips? I am all ears...