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My daughter will be three on July 24th, and although she can do a lot of things, going potty on the toilet does not seem important to her.  She can go correctly for days and then not even warm the seat for a week.  I have spent money on gadgets from “Wally’s Potty Time Wee-Minder” to a musical potty seat, I have tried everything except for corporal punishment, because I do not believe in that for things such as this.  

I know I shouldn’t compare, because she and her brother are two different people, but he was trained in 2 days! I think that is why I am so frustrated.

This morning we returned from taking brother to school and I asked if her diaper was clean, because I promised her animal crackers if she made it to lunch time with a dry pull-up.  Although she nodded in agreement, with a smile and a gleam, I was sorely disappointed when I checked.  I asked her to go get a diaper, I’d be there in a minute.

I came to the study to check my email (awaiting important note) and she poked her head in the door whispering, “I am all ready, Mom!”  Much to my surprise, she dashed over to a baby wipe tub which was closed, but had a wipe perfectly placed across the top, a pull-up nearby.  She efficiently took her spot on the floor.  “Wow!” I exclaimed, “That is pretty impressive, sweetie! I wish you could go on the toilet as well as you can prepare for a diaper change—that would be huge!”

Neatly changed, she propped herself up on her elbows. “No, that would be HUMONGOUS!” she corrected.

She will drive people crazy when she is older, I can tell you!  How can someone so darned cute, be so stubborn?  And if Pinky-Dinky-Doo can teach such big words, why can’t she potty train?



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jun 1, 2009
    • She will get it some days.  Don’t worry or feel frustrated.  Be patient. The more you feel anxious about that, the more she insists of not doing.  She is challenging you mentally.  It will be alright.  Focus on positive - whenever she does it, sing praise and make a big deal (like a treat or ice-cream).  Whenever she doesn’t, just say “Oh well, next time, I know you can do it.”



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jun 1, 2009
    • hahahaha! I can soooo appreciate this! We have a 3 year old granddaughter who is presently living with us (with parents) and she is in no way interested in potty training. I asked her one day when she will be a big girl and wear big girl panties, she quickly replied “I just get big diapers!” oh my!!!!



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      'Chelle Brewer wrote Jun 1, 2009
    • Coachmombabe, I know what you mean!  My daughter gets excited when a new print comes out in her size. I have little cotton panties and even told her she can wear her special pajamas if she goes in the big potty.  I heard somewhere that children who are harder to train, without abuse interferring, are more independent.  Realizing how much she likes to argue, I think I will figure out a way to have it be “her idea” and see how that works!

      The fact is, it certainly cannot hurt!  Thanks for sharing!  I am relieved I am not alone!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jun 1, 2009
    • Independent? That would explain it then! haha! And you know, when they decide it’s time it’ll probably be done in a day!



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