can anyone help me potty training my 3 year old son

Annie - posted on 03/01/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my three year old wets his pants at home and refusing to use the potty.He throws a major tantrum when i try to make him go on the potty.He goes to preschool and he is very good with them.He wears underwear there and does not wet them at all.He tells them when he has to go.Why doesn't he do that at home? How can i do it at home without the agrivation from him?

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User - posted on 03/03/2009

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NOW SERIOUSLY IT MIGHT SOUND CHANGE TO DO THIS BUT I WAS N THE DOCTORS OFFICE AND I WAS XPLAINING TO HER THAT I COULDNT GET MY SON TO POTTY TRAIN. SHE TOLD ME TO GO BUY A BOX OF CHEERIOS {ANY KIND WILL WORK ALSO} POUR A FEW IN HIS POTTY THEN LET HIM TAKE OUT HIS MANHOOD AND PLAY THE DART GAME WITH THEM.  THE CHEERIOS ARE THE TARGET SO WHEN HE GOES TO THE BATHROOM HE CAN SEEM LIKE HES AT TARGET PRATICE. i TRIED THAT AND MYSON CANT STAY OF THE BATHROOM. HES HAVIN PHONE POTTY TRAING HIMSELF MY PLAYING THAT GAME. NOW THE PROBLEM I CANT KEEP HIM OUT THE BATHROOM.

Taylor - posted on 03/03/2009

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Wow, my son was the same way! He went to the potty at the babysitters, but was back in diapers at home. I did something sort of like what Jessica did, but we used a chart. (he had just seen the chart episode of sid the science kid so it went over well.) I would draw a silly face in the chart and that was enough of a reward for him. I finally just put him in underpants and we set the timer at 30 minutes to try peeing. You could give him an automatic reward for trying (1 m&M) a reward for peeing (2 m&ms) and another for pooping (3 m&Ms). Or stickers or whatever. Does he have a different potty at school as he does at home? I didn't realize it, but he had been going on a big-boy potty at school, and we were trying to get him to sit on the kid potty. I would also recommend Elizabeth Pantley's no cry potty training solution. She has awesome tips. Good luck!

Blake - posted on 03/03/2009

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have you talked to his teachers to see what they do or don't do? My daughter has a way of testing me at home that she would never do at school. it is all about my attention...I know boys are very different than girls but with my 3 year old as soon as I got rid of the potty and let her use the toilet she has never looked back. She wants to be like me and Daddy. A Big Girl!

Angela - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hi, my son was 3 in January. I tried to potty train him at the age of 2 then 2.5yrs old. When I tried last September. I did a daily chart with a picture of him on it. I had a column for wee wees and one for poo poos. Every time he did one in his potty or in the toilet he got a smiley face in the box. If it went wrong it was an X. He seemed to love putting the smiley face in the box, worked wonders. He's now 3 yrs old (and theres no looking back). I had problems with the potty... he insisted on going on the toilet. I bought one of the seats that you can place on top of our toilet seat. He much prefers that. Hope this helps and best of luck.

Jessica - posted on 03/02/2009

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The thing that worked with my son was reward tickets.  I got a roll of tickets at the dollar tree.  Every time that he peed on the potty I gave him 1 ticket, every time he pooped I gave him 2 tickets, when he had accidents I took the same number away.  When I got up to so many tickets (I did 5) he would get a small prize, for mine smarties worked.  He would turn the tickets in for his prize.  At the end of the week if he had a good number of tickets, to be determined by how much your kid goes to the bathroom he would get to go to the dollar tree and pick out a toy.

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