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|Tue, 08-28-2012 - 11:37pm|
Ok. So DS turned 2 in January and at that time started potty training (his idea) and did really well till he lost interest completely. We didn't push it figuring based on things that other people said that he was on the young end of training.
So, we had been thinking of getting started again. Today he showed some interest and so again I went with it. We spent the day home and a lot of time in the bathroom, reading. Last time we did this the key seemed to be reading books and he would sit on the potty until he got a big grin on his face saying he did it!
I figured he is a little older now and not quite as excited by simply sitting on the potty so we had some new books and I introduced sticker (which he LOVES) as rewards. Little ones for trying and bigger ones for success on top of extensive praise and getting to flush the potty and such.
He had 2 successes today. YAY! However, both happened when not reading to him. I think the reading is distracting him and he keeps jumping up in excitement or to point to something in the book (even if it is right in front of him). The just for trying stickers went ok but the success stickers started to result in a melt down because he wanted the whole page of them and couldn't decide which one he wanted. I had to distract him in an effort to keep the even from being unpleasant.
I am also looking for ideas on ways (other than reading) to keep him in place on the potty and engaged in what he is doing without putting too much pressure on him to perform.
Thoughts on those two sticking points (and, heck, anything else anyone wants to throw out there )