Yesterday I heard Nathan fart. I followed him to the room to check if he wanted to poop.
Trying to get him to poop in the potty is simply not in my priority list, since we have to work on his walking/balancing and pulling down pants, climbing up the adult-size potty, etc. first.
Nevertheless, I asked Nathan, “Do you want to poo-poo in the potty?”…no response. I held his hand lightly and guided him towards the toilet. Before going in, I let go to see if he would enter the potty on his own. He did. After showing his willingness, I helped him pull down his pants and sit on the potty.
Then, lo and behold, he poops in the potty with no complains at all!
If child resists, don’t force him. They learn most when they are willing to do it. If potty training has been causing stress for both your child and yourself, drop the subject first. Resume after weeks or a month when it’s not an issue anymore.
Talk to your child knowing they fully understand what you’re saying, either by the tone of your voice or your body language or your words.
If you want your child to potty train earlier, find what interests him and use that to motivate him to sit in the potty.
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