cannot get my 4yr old son to poop on the potty! help!

Nancy - posted on 02/27/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my son just turned 4 this month. he has been urinating on the potty since he was 3...no problems...even sleeps threw the night in underwear and wakes up completely dry, HOWEVER, he WILL NOT poop on the toilet!!!!! ugh! i have tried everything, bribes, time outs, ignoring it, making him help clean up...im starting to think it may be an attention thing? i really am at my wits end. i work at a pediatric office and you would think i would have an answer for this. i feel bad because it is really frustrating for me to be cleaning up poop pants every single day, and i dont know if i should really be punishing him at this point or what to do? ahhh !!!! :( help!

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Nancy - posted on 02/27/2012

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thanks brittney! i am feeling bad for putting him in time out....just at my wits end and not sure how to approach it at this point.

Brittney - posted on 02/27/2012

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Never punish him, that sets things way back. My daughter is now 17 months and I just got her to poop in the potty. Maybe if you tried praising him when he does go instead of punishing him when he doesn't.

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