Saturday, December 08, 2007

Potty Failure....

I am a complete failure at potty training my dear Little Miss S. I beseech you, internets, help me. Please.

Here's the deal. We have the components of understanding. She knows that she's not supposed to go in her panties. She knows how to hold it, and she can hold it for impressive lengths of time - up to 4 hours, AFTER having something to drink. She knows that her pee-pee is supposed to go in the potty. Yet somehow, it doesn't connect together.

This morning captures the frustration I'm feeling. I was here alone with the two kids for a while, and she was kinda doing a little dance. Crossing her legs and whatnot. So I said "Come on sweetie - let's go to the potty." So we went. And we sat. Baby MC started crying, and so I left LMS on the potty and went and got BMC and a bottle, and we sat. LMS talked about going potty. She put her hand in warm water. She talked about being a big girl. We sat on the potty for a freaking half hour. Nothing.

So, she gets up, and I start making her lunch, when LMS starts crying. And yes, she had an accident. Not three minutes after she got off the potty.

What do I do? I didn't scold - I told her that she had an accident and now we had to clean it up. I said that we have to put pee-pee in the potty, and not on the floor. She was pretty inconsolable until we got everything cleaned up, then she was fine.

She has shown all of the "signs of readiness" by pretty much any list you see out there. But there's something that's not connecting with her. Any thoughts? Help!


Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

I think you just have to be patient....not very consoling, huh? Sometimes it takes a bit for all the pieces to work together.


6:37 PM, December 08, 2007  
Blogger liz said...

What RDM said.

You can also wait until warmer weather when going pantsless is feasible.

Stickers are great incentives. Incremental rewards are also great.

However, MM didn't get trained until his favorite teacher went on a 2 month vacation. He had wanted to stay in her class, you see. And he knew that he'd move into the next class up if he were trained. (The place 2 schools before Posh Place.)

11:48 PM, December 09, 2007  
Blogger ccw said...

Patience really is the only answer. Very frustrating!

I hope that you are able to find a reward system that works for her. If not, hang in there - she really won't wear diapers down the aisle.

9:52 AM, December 10, 2007  
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