Here is a hot parenting topic: POTTY TRAINING
I personally was so ready for my then 2 1/2 year old son to be potty trained. I started it when he was not quite ready, realized that much and stopped... then really potty trained him at about 3 years a few months when he was more ready. Even then it took a few months. He is now four and is fully potty trained. I honestly didn't know if I would ever see the day that he was...it was such a struggle. Still...he wets the bed if I don't take him to go in the middle of the night and he still has accidents every now again because he just doesn't want to stop playing - I think anyway. Case in point: yesterday I stopped into the bead store. He was playing happily in their little toy area. I looked back to check on him before I bought my stuff and he was standing in a puddle of pee. This is the little boy whom I asked if he needed to go before we left the house to which he replied no. Sigh.
All the employees were moms and were totally cool about it. One mom admitted her third grader still does the same thing. He thinks stopping to use the bathroom is an inconvenience and will still have accidents. I know some older children who wet the bed until 4th grade or even older.
With my second son I will definitely wait until it is his idea and not push the issue so much. I think that is the one piece of advice on potty training that I have heard from most moms that makes the most sense. It can become more about power struggle than actual potty training if we are not careful.
This I am sure about. It is a lot more work than you think it will be before you get started. If you think your child will never learn, just hang in there. They will...just keep plodding along and keep the bleach, vinegar, and soap (or whatever you use to clean up the messes) handy.
So let's hear from YOU.
What did you do, are you doing or what do you plan on doing for potty training? What do you use to motivate your little one and not get discouraged yourself?