Monday, November 16, 2009

Potty training is a War at the Stover House...


and the potty is the enemy, apparently. Potty training is a tough activity. Jacob is totally ready to potty train and hates to be wet or dirty, but OH MY GOODNESS he won't pee in the potty for anything! He is a very very good boy most of the time - very sweet and obedient (well, at least 90% obedient...) :-) He uses good manners, nice words and even likes his brother. My little Jacob is a very smart young man too...seriously. He can carry on a conversation like he's 30, not 3. Here's an example... Mommy, "Wow, that Elmo Chart you and daddy got today about going to the potty is very cool. I can't wait to put stickers on it." Jacob, "Thanks for getting me the Elmo chart, but you can put those stickers away because I not going to go pee on the potty." Traditional bribes haven't worked either...we tried M&Ms, lots of silly praise and extra kisses... nothing seems to work. Good ole fashioned peer pressure hasn't seemed to have an impact either - ohh, Ashely potties on the potty, Trent potties on the potty, Pierce potties on the potty...you get the drill. Jacob says - "I don't want to." And end of story for him... we'll trying to be patient and just trying to let it happen as it should. I know that a lot of boys don't potty until 3 1/2 -4. I know that it's not worth stressing over or fighting with him right now. I figure if he's still wearing diapers when he's married, it'll be his wife's issue then. :-)

3 comments:

Tiffany Magness Keene said...

Not sure if this will work for Jacob, but my sister did this with both her boys and had them pottying pretty early... She put Cheerios in the toilet and made a game out of it. They had to try to sink the Cheerios! :) That at least got them going in the potty, then she followed up with a reward system. Good luck! I dread when it comes that time for Tucker! One good thing, Jonathan probably won't be that difficult because he'll want to be just like his big brother! :) There's light at the end of the tunnel! Hopefully you'll have the whole potty training thing down and can give me lots of advice for Tucker! :)

Rachie (Walker's Mom) said...

Hehehehehehe! I cracked up when I read the last line. Mr. Jacob Man will be doing his biz on the pottie before you know it. Tiff's cheerios game is funny. Jonathan will prob be peeing on the potty by two years old just b/c he will want to be like his big brother:).

jeanneburnett said...

Oh no! I have a feeling our experiences will be the same!! I was thinking Santa might bring Mark an Elmo potty for Christmas. I am REALLY pushing my luck at 2.5! I hope it gets better for you! My nephew Ashton didn't go for it until after he was 3.5! Your Jacob is SOOOO smart! dang!