Should I punish my 2 yr old for peeing on floor?

Mindy - posted on 05/05/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old that pees and poops in the floor. I don't want to tell him that it's okay to have accidents when I don't think they are accidents most of the time. He knows he needs to go because he will go into the closet or hide somewhere and go. I don't want him to think that it is not okay to go, so I don't know whether I should be punishing him.

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Emily - posted on 05/05/2009

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Catch it before it happens. If you see him going off to the closet pick him up and say, "Hey! I think it's time to potty!" and physically put him on the potty with a book or toy if necessary. If he does go on the floor say, "OOps looks like you didn't make it. We pee in the potty. We need to clean this mess up!" and have him help. I don't know if I'd have a two year old help clean up poop for the germ factor but I think he'll eventually get it. I'd really refrain from punishment, shaming, coercion, or creating a power struggle.

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Mary-Ann - posted on 05/05/2009

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I woudn't punnish him, I think that would just make him be more secretive about it. Just keep reminding him where he should pee or poop and let him whatch you and DH using the toilet, then let him see what you did in there. Do you have any potty books or videos? My DD loves her Potty book for girls. That was made her turn jump the last hurdle to ptty traing, the willingess to do it on the potty. She had every other indication she was ready, she just didn't want to do it on the potty. She has been pooping in her panties the last few days and I just say Oh you pooped in your pants, next time you should try using the potty, then we can go and dump it in the toilet (she loves that p[art as Hannah does it in her potty book). She is going through a regression right now, but she was completely trained for almost 6 weeks with only 3 accidents. leave the potty accessible at all times and remind him of it's location, just say the potty is right here if you need to pee or poop. If you don't have potty books for him to look at and read I suggest getting at least one. I got mine at london drugs, but you can ususally find them at most store that sell books. Try not to show frustration ( I knw it can be very hard) and never show anger, he may just think you are angry because he peed or pooped, not becasuse he didn't use the potty or it will make him nervouse and he may end up having more accidents.

Wendy - posted on 05/05/2009

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My son whose 3 was doing that the last couple of months but i realized he didn't know that he was actually doing it. So i didn't punish him for it i think it's a faze he was going through and he has been brilliant in the last month, touch wood!! But i still just reminded him that when he thinks he needs to pee just go to the toilet. Hope everything works out for u.

Diliana - posted on 05/05/2009

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My daughter was doing this about her second birthday, all thing lasts for a week or two maximum. It wasn't accidents, she just hides behind the door and let it go ;) I keep on telling it is not the right place for this job. I have read somewhere that this is one of their first tries to make own decisions - I want to pee on the floor and who are you to tell me what to do!

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