Some toddlers are excited when they first begin potty training and seem to thrive on all the praise and enthusiasm when they successfully pee on the toilet. Equally, some kids get very discouraged when they have an accident. This certainly isn’t the worst scenario; after all, if your child is indifferent to accidents then there will be no motivation for them to avoid them. However, sometimes the shame of “failing” can prevent toddlers from wanting to try at all and lead to what feels like potty training regression.
If this seems to be the case, start by encouraging sitting on the potty at all, rather than just successfully peeing on the potty. You can tell your child, “if you sit on the potty, we can have a party!”. If your child sits, even for a second, praise them enthusiastically (dancing around the room is encourage). If they need an extra incentive, you can entice them with a favorite treat if they sit. You may eventually begin to see that they will pee during one of these times that they sit, and that’s great! But continue to praise sitting at all until you feel your child is getting the hang of it.
Although these are three common issues that could cause your child to refuse to potty train, there are many factors that could contribute to resistance. At Just Parent, we help you identify why your child is struggling and give you tools to mitigate that challenge specifically. If you want to sign up for our program or learn more about how we can help your family, click here.