Potty training was not my strong suit! In fact, I eventually had to say “uncle” and let Miss. Belinda finish the process. Perhaps this is because I still get upset when I have to stop and go to the bathroom.
We tried “Dr. Feel Better’s” (Dr. Phil’s) one day potty training session. For complete information on his program click http://drphil.com/articles/article/264. He suggests you have a doll that wets, a potty chair, big kid underwear (no diapers), and lots of liquids.
He suggests that you throw the successful doll a Poopie Party. Then have the children drink lots of liquids then ask if they need to go potty often. If they have an accident it’s 10 trips to the potty. WHAT 3 X 10=30. I don’t think so!
Our revised Dr. Phil program: We pretended that a stuffed animal wet. (We didn’t have a doll much less one that wets.) We told the children that Elmo would call them if, they were successful and we’d have a Poopie Party. To be honest we had very little success. It was a long slow process. Part of our problem was Sam the youngest “got it” first. He would try and show the others what to do etc. They could have cared less. Hannah would tell you poopie is dangerous! Nick just didn’t care. I was getting to the end of my rope, very frustrated. Finally, my husband and I went away for a long weekend and left the kids with Miss. Belinda. Let me tell you those little bodies can hold it. They held out until the last day but finally success.
Our kids were late coming to the party so don’t feel bad if it takes a while. In fact, ours were 3 ½ before they “got it” but once they did they never had an accident.
I know there are several good programs out there and I hope you find the one that works for your family. Good luck!
I’m just curious, has anyone had one day success?
Anyone else say “Uncle” to potty training?