My 3 year old son is pooping and peeing on the floor in the house!!!!!!!!

Michelle - posted on 03/30/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Help! my3 year old son has been potty trained for 2 months now is peeing around the house and pooping on the floor! he goes to day care 2 times a week and is very good there and never has an accident. I set up a play tent in the den and twice now he has removed his pants and underware and has peed and pooped inside the play tent. I have taken the cars away that he soiled as a punishment. I feel like I really let him get away with murder with all the tv watching and the sweets. And I don't know how to stick to my guns. Everytime we go out he gets a treat If its a toy or a sweet. He wont eat anything veggie or meats only empty calorie foods like crackers, toast, muffins, cookies, chips. He argues with me all the time and talks back to me like he knows best. I feel like Im failing at this :( I LOVE HIM MORE THEN ANY THING!!!

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Tracey - posted on 04/02/2012

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Hi Michelle,



I really wouldnt stress about it :) my daughter will be 3 in June and she also did the same thing as your son, not sure whether its a phase or a way to rebel? She had a pop up circus tent she used to hide and do her business in!!!! The more I punished the worse it got, if i threatened to throw away toys etc she would put them in the bin herself. I think they are just testing the boundaries, I found Daycare afternoons to be the worst. Just stick to your guns and enjoy the ride ;)

Robin - posted on 04/02/2012

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Good luck...it is a hard job! But you want to reap what you sew....a well adjusted, well mannered, enjoyable young adult some day! Their cute little faces at this time make it difficult to see those teenage faces! God makes teenagers for a reason!!! Give yourself a break and make things easier when he is little! (Altho you aren't seeing that now!) It is always hard, little kids little problems.....just remember big kids big problems! :)

Robin - posted on 04/01/2012

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It is only get worse if you keep giving in. It is tough but you are he one who is going to have to out wait him. When you make a meal do not take it away and give him empty calorie foods. He WILL eat when he gets hungry. He knows he will win with you because you give in you are not starving him. Keep offering him his meal. Quit buying him treats when he is a sweet boy when you go out. I must be a mean mom but I never started that with my son when he was little, I expected him to behave because those were my expectations he didn't get prizes for life expectancy things. You are in a power struggle right now. You are the parent, of course you love him more than anything. So is it the best for him when you give in with sweets and empty calorie foods? Never make a threat you can't follow through. Even now my son is in college tough loved is needed. Sure I feel guilty sometimes but when I give him an a consequence and I have to follow thru....it is only going to hurt him in the long run if I don't follow thru with what I said.

Has he used the toliet at home? He is 2yrs old...he needs a punishment that is immediate when he doesn't use the toliet. Do you have place where he must sit in time out? Time out doesn't begin until he sits there! If you take toys away a 2 yr old doesn't remember for that long why the toys were taken away, it has to be immediate. Find a punishment that is the same for every time he does not use the toliet so he remembers what will happen if he goes on the floor. Stick to it Mom! Don't give in remember this is what is best for him tho at the beginning torture for you! :)

You could make going on the toliet a game. Sit him on the toliet seat backwards and have him shoot cheerios or fruit loops. Of course flush them when he is finished. Just a suggestion. Good luck!

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