Chantel - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )
He has been totally potty trained since 3.5 or so.
He has done great for many months, always running to the potty to go when he got "that feeling". He hasn't had any bed wetting accidents at all in probably a year and he's good about going as soon as he wakes up. At preschool (only 3 hours in the morning) he doesn't have any accidents and goes during potty time there. But at home in the past month or two, he is peeing his pants during the day. Sometimes he only partly pees and then runs to the bathroom. Sometimes he full-on wets himself. I took the soft approach at first just talking with him about it and trying to remind him to go more often. (Didn't want to give him "issues" about going potty) But it is getting reallllly frustrating lately because we know he KNOWS how not to and that he should not pee in his pants. When we talk with him about it (in a non confrontational way) he just says that he is too busy playing and that he doesn't want to stop playing to go potty. When we see him "dancing" we remind him to go potty and he insists he doesn't have to. We of course explain that he MUST stop playing to go pee and that it is part of life and it is not appropriate for a big boy like him to be peeing his pants.But he keeps doing it.
So a couple days ago we started taking away his favorite computer game. If he pees his pants, he can't play his computer game that night. It has been 3 nights, and he wants his game pretty bad, but he still keeps peeing himself.
I just don't know what is the right way to deal with all of this.
Any advice or experience with this?? I don't know if it's right to use any type of punishment or not with potty stuff. At the same time, it is obvious he is just being lazy about going potty.