Need advice on my 5 year old son's potty habits!! Pease!!

Tiffany - posted on 07/27/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone! I am brand new to this, so I hope I am doing everything correctly. I am really excited that I found somewhere to talk/ask questions to other moms! I am a single mother, so it is just my son and I who live in our house. His father is somewhat involved, when he decides to be a dad. Anyway, I did the potty training, pretty much by myself. My mom helped some, but she lives in a different state, so isn't around as much as we would like. We went for the "sit down approach. It worked great, and he has been going to the potty by himself for quite a while. However, I am having a bit of a hard time getting him to remember to stand up to pee. I guess I never really thought that I would have an issue getting him to swap over to standing, nor planned to do this without his father's help. He is starting school in a couple of weeks, and I have been trying to remind him to stand. It is difficult to do so every time, since he goes without telling me most of the time. I think he gets in a hurry and it is just habit for him to sit down. He hasn't had a male figure to learn from, and I am worried that he will never get used to standing up. Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to help him transition? Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

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Dove - posted on 07/27/2016

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And for more perspective... my ex was raised in a motor home and all the men/boys sat to pee cuz there wasn't room in the bathroom TO stand. It really is no big deal. Your son will do what he is most comfortable doing as he ages... and there is nothing wrong w/ either method. Sitting to pee is less messy anyway. ;)

Dove - posted on 07/27/2016

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He doesn't need to stand. There is no harm in sitting. The boy's bathroom at school has a stall w/ a toilet in it that he can use if he wants to sit.

I also have a son (w/ two big sisters) in a mom only household. His father and stepbrother DID teach him to pee standing up at 3.25 (and my son peed in his eye trying to do a 'mountain' pee on a tree...lol), but it's been 5 years now and sometimes he stands... sometimes he sits. No big deal.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/27/2016

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Nothing wrong with him sitting to pee. Every men's room will have a stall toilet as well.

Once he sees other boys standing, he will start to as well. You're doing fine!

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