Potty Training Help

Timesha - posted on 05/28/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 4. He just graduated from Pre-K. Before he started school he was potty trained and knew how to wipe his butt correctly. Towards the end of the school year he stopped wiping. One day I was catching up on some homework and I smelled poo. I had no clue where it was coming from then it went away. My son had walked past me and I smelled the smell again. I asked him to come near me and i sniffed him. I smelled it again. I took him to the bathroom and I asked him if he went poopoo. He said yes and then I asked him if he wiped himself and he told me no. I told him to stay there and wait one second so that I could get him some clean clothes and a towel and I got a bag to throw his underwear away. I helped him wipe that time and I asked him why hadn't he done it. He told me that he didn't know so I let it go because accidents happen. Fast forward to three months later and he still doesn't wipe his butt. I told him that is he needed help to let me know and I would stop everything I am doing to come help him. He hasn't done that. I asked him multiple times on different occasions why he does not do it anymore and his response is that he is lazy and doesn't feel like it. I have also noticed that sometimes he doesn't wipe because he likes to take a shower. He will say "Mommy I have to take a shower." And run out the room and I will find him in he bathroom wiping and getting in the shower. Has anyone else had this problem? If so can you please help. I don't mind helping him do it until he starts kindergarten, but I would like for him to at least be able to ask me for help and eventually get back to the point where he will do it the right way by himself again.

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Jodi - posted on 05/28/2016

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You say he likes having a shower.....you need to find a way to reward him for wiping. Right now, it sounds like the shower is his reward (unintentional) for not wiping. You also need to stop enabling him - you said you don't mind doing it for him until he starts kindergarten. You need to stop it now. Also, if he is actually saying to you he doesn't do it because he is lazy, maybe you should be looking at some disciplinary actions because this is a very deliberate choice.

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Timesha - posted on 05/28/2016

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Thank you Jodi. He ran to the shower right after I posted this. I will take your advice and see if it works. Thank you sooooooooooo much!!!!!

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