Potty training stubborn kids can be a frustrating experience for moms, dads and children. Whether you’re potty training boys, girls, toddlers or a 5-year-old, these tips for potty training stubborn kids will help you ditch the diapers for good.
Potty Training Stubborn Kids
Potty training stubborn kids is hard, but it’s not impossible. The following tips will help everyone master potty training together.
Is your child really ready?
Usually when a child is stubborn, it’s likely that one or both parents are also stubborn. Which can lead to some big-time potty training struggles.
But the first question you have to ask yourself is this: Is your child REALLY ready to be potty trained?
Don’t compare this child to any of your other kids. Or their peers. Don’t think about when grandma says they should be potty trained or even what your friends say. Take a deep breath and really ask yourself if your child NEEDS to be potty trained right now.
Nine times out of 10, a stubborn child just isn’t ready to be potty trained yet. And if you wait, really wait until they’re ready, they’ll be one of the kids that is potty trained in three days.
This might mean waiting until your little boy is 4 years old. It might mean waiting until after the next baby is born. And that’s okay because it’s going to save you so much stress and frustration surrounding potty training.
Do this while you’re waiting…
That doesn’t mean that you should ignore potty training altogether. Let your child wear diapers for a few more weeks, months or years, and in the meantime, be sure to do the following:
- Sing potty training songs.
- Give your child a doll to potty train. They’ll be responsible for teaching their doll how to use the potty. And they’ll also have to encourage their doll if there are any accidents.
- Read potty training books.
- You might even let your child wear underwear over their diapers for awhile.
You never want to force potty training, especially when you’re working with a stubborn child (and especially when it comes to pooping.)
But sometimes you HAVE to potty train your child
Sometimes you’re forced to potty train your child before they’re ready – especially when it comes to starting preschool. If that’s the case, then brace yourself for some bumpy times ahead. It will be more challenging to potty train your child, but it won’t be impossible.
You’ll most likely need to eliminate all diapers in your house (except for at night.) If your child knows there are diapers available, he or she is likely to find them.
Bring your A-game.
When you’re potty training a stubborn child, you as the parent need to be even more engaged. Follow a 3-day potty training method to get things started. Plan out your potty training schedule and print out a potty training chart. Put on your game face and get started.
Up your rewards.
You’re not going to get away with giving a stubborn child a sticker. You’re going to have to give a lot of consideration towards what type of potty training rewards to give your child. Think about what really motivates him or her and go from there.
Do your homework.
If you’re potty training a stubborn child, you’re going to need to do your homework. Start here:
- Real potty training tips from real parents
- Potty training boys
- When your child won’t poop on the potty
- Potty training regression
- Potty training at night
Don’t forget to laugh.
This could be a grueling process, but you must remain calm, patient and encouraging – even when there is poop smeared on your walls.
Remember to take deep breaths, take breaks when you can by tag-teaming with another adult, and laugh whenever you can!
Get ready to celebrate.
It may take longer than other kids, but at some point your stubborn child will be potty trained. When that happens, get ready to celebrate and make a huge deal out of this success! A potty training party is a great way to celebrate!
Potty Training Doesn’t Have to Stink!
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