Saturday, April 18, 2009

Potty Training + An uninterested child = FRUSTRATED PARENTS

If you are a faithful reader of The Glenn Gang, then you are quite aware that our little boy has no interest at all in Potty Training. The mere mention of the word "POTTY" evokes screams and tears. (Mainly from Jonah but sometimes from us too! ha) We decided last Saturday would be the day to renew interest. After the third or fourth attempt of just sitting there with no results, Dan got his computer and put the ELMO goes potty video on. Yeah, that didn't help either.

So, this leads me to ask the question. Has anyone ever outsourced potty training and is anyone willing to take on this job? Up until this point, we have felt quite secure in our parenting abilities. We are slowly losing that security! :-)

Don't let the next picture fool you. This is the only smile we got while on the potty. It was only because of Elmo.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good luck with potty training - I thought we would never get our girls trained.
Lisa aka MOB

Jamie Moon said...

take off a week of work and him a week of school and live in your bathroom. I HAD NO IDEA HOW HARD THIS WOULD BE! I'm so not even kidding when I say that getting her to sleep thru the night was harder than potty training her!!! It is SERIOUS work! I don't complain much about things concerning parenting, but this...sheesh....

here's a tip from when I worked in daycare, the mom would let her son just tee tee outside...i mean it's a suggestion....or go pants less in your house...maybe ariel undies would help...I know they don't make ariel boy panties...but they should and they should also make Handy Manny for girls!!!

KEEP WORKING AT IT!!!

Aunt Debra & Uncle Marty said...

Evidently, we did not have a lot of trouble at our house or I would have remembered the "traumatic" time. After seeing the two latest posts, maybe you can bribe Jonah Bug with ice cream if he goes on the potty! No potty - no ice cream! If this doesn't work and no success soon, high school is going to be interesting! Ha!

Good luck!

amber said...

Hang in there! I am telling you ~ you need to get Barbara around there! :-) Once my children pottied once, then we were determined they could do it. I know this is gross ~ get ready ~ Mary Dalton has pooped in her pants ONCE since she was trained and she was sick. She knew it was gross, she did not have accidents. Jackson was WAAAYYY harder. He would tinkle, but poop in his pants. The first few times I was nice...then it was on. I told him if he pooped in his pants HE would be cleaning it up. I stuck with it. He pooped the next day and we went in the yard with wipes and a plastic bag and HE had to do it. He was gagging and carrying on, but he realized how gross it really is! I know some people use time outs, but I use a good old fashioned spoon...it worked for me! After he used the potty and I knew he KNEW when he had to go (and he waited too long) and had went in his pants, he had to clean it up and I popped his bottom with the spoon. We only had to do this a FEW ~ VERY FEW ~ times and he was trained! Hang in there! :)

*Have you tried putting cheerios in the toilet and let him try to sink them? Jackson pretends his tally is a "penis firehose" and he would squirt the bushes outside...hey...whatever works!

Anonymous said...

Ok you may have already tried it but with Gabe (and Michael too) Pull ups did not work. They were just like a diaper to them so they would continue to wet and dirty them up. I finally just let him wear big boy underwear all the time, we had a few accidents but he got tired of being wet and would use the toilet. So if you haven't tried it just try wearing underwear around the house and see how it goes. It is going to happen eventually! A friend of mines little boy was 3 1/2 before he mastered it so you have some more time. Good Luck!

Anna Laura

Carrie Bevell Partridge said...

I hated potty training!!! Ship him to the grandparents.

NeNe said...

Well my way doesn't compare with the rest - But I was told when they are ready - then they will do it - so I showed kids what it was about - and had the potty chair in the bathroom - and would ask them if they needed to go - used the pull ups / training pants worked best though, and when they decided they were ready - all three did. I'm sure I'm not much help though! Ha Ha

Carrie Bevell Partridge said...

Even though I hated the process, I did actually learn some things through it . . . Mine all did best when I just waited on their interest. If they don't want to do it, there's no making them (AT ALL). Also, they did best when they weren't wearing underwear, Pull-Ups, or anything else. They didn't feel like there was anything to "catch" it. The closer to three years old they were, the easier it was.

Anonymous said...

My husband used to take our little boy to the bathroom with him when he had to go. He watched daddy, and wanted to be like daddy. Daddy started letting him tete off the back porch too, which was soooo cool to him. But, even after all of that cool stuff, it still took time for him to decide when he was truely ready. When he decided, we had no more troubles.

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