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How To Potty Train A Stubborn Preschooler

If you read my recent post about my little ones growing too quickly, you know that life is changing a bit in our house.

Brooks is all potty trained, and it happened over the course of three days. Period.

We had tried to potty train a few times in the past. Each time, we found out very quickly that Brooks was just not ready. I am not saying that he wasn’t ready, developmentally. Nope. That was not the issue. My husband and I decided to wait, and try again later, when he was ready.

Our son is stubborn. Super, super stubborn. And he just was not interested in using the “big-boy potty.”

We bought some great potty training books, tiny potties, some cool superhero undies, and some potty prizes (check out my potty training toolkit here).

Everything changed, however, as we enrolled him in preschool. He will be starting preschool in September and, in order to attend, he has to be fully potty trained. Now, he had motivation to get it done.

The first day was rough. By the end of the day, I was second guessing potty training, and enrolling him in preschool.

The second day, I decided to take a different approach. It went something like this:

Me: “Hey buddy, this is really tough, isn’t it? This is the last time I am going to bug you about potty training. Just remember, you start preschool in just a few weeks. If you want to go to preschool, you have to only go potty in the toilet. No more diapers. I know you can do it. But it is up to you.” And I did. I stopped nagging, and let him do his thing.

Day three, we had no accidents, and he was able to tell us when he needed to go to the bathroom.  No…really.

Brooks is my first child. I have no idea what I am doing most of the time. But here is what he has taught me: let your child lead. He stopped breastfeeding when he was ready. He started sleeping through the night when he was ready. He decided to potty train, by himself, when he was ready.

So, while it can be frustrating, exhausting and defeating when these things don’t align with our own timelines, trust your little ones, and know that they will hit each milestone when they are ready.

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