Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wits End

Warning: This is not a positive post and I apologize for that because I haven't posted in a while. I just need to vent and possibly get a little advice.
I am at my wits end with Meredith and potty training. Bill probably feels the same way as me since he is the one home with her, but I will not speak for him. We have been on this journey for almost 2 years. Yes, you read that right 2 freakin years. I am a proponent of waiting until the child is ready. She started wanting to use the potty when she moved into the 2-year old room at daycare. She regressed when Tinsley was born, but I expected that. She has gone maybe 3 or 4 days at the most without having an accident and I couldn't even begin to tell you when that was it was so long ago. She got kicked out of the 3-year old preschool class primarily because of not being potty-trained (there were other factors). We did the 3-day potty training over Thanksgiving and we thought we were on our way, that ended not long after the first of the year. She only wears pull-ups at night and at this point I would almost rather have to change her sheets everyday than ever give her a pull-up again. We let her run around naked and while that is when she does her best, that is not reality. We do not live in a nudist colony so clothes will have to be worn. We have tried a timer, doesn't work. We use positive reinforcement and bribe with toys, she doesn't care. So here we are, just over a month away from her 4th birthday, worried that she will be kicked out of pre-school starting in August because she still isn't potty-trained.
Beyond Frustrated Mom