I have a 3 year old that scared of the potty!

Tara - posted on 12/03/2008 ( 1 mom has responded )

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He is scared to go to the potty and i hate to force him. I have tried giving him stickers if he used the potty chair. I have tried rewarding him with candy. Now he just refuses to go and if I make him he those a big fit. Any suggestions??

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User - posted on 12/03/2008

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I work in a day care. Every child is different. With one child we tried everything, even bribing with all sorts of things: stickers, dinkies, etc. Then one day we told him if he peed in the water, it would turn blue. This intrigued him. We took him to the bathroom and as he peed (reinforcing that the water would change when he peed) then we squirted food coloring in the water as he peed, and continued that for the next few days. Then he just stared going on his own. You never know what will work. Also letting him sit on the toilet with a book or cup will help him relax. And he may go that way. It's also ok for a boy to pee sitting down

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