You’ve tried EVERYTHING.
You’ve set up a sticker chart. You’ve given lots of praise. Your toddler seems to drink more fluids than physically possible and yet… YET…
Potty training isn’t working.
And you feel like you’ve failed.
We see so many success stories and big promises like, “Potty Train Your 18-month-old in One Weekend” or the “24-Hour Potty Training Solution.” No wonder we are so hard on ourselves when the “proven” methods don’t work for our kid. It’s easy to get into that failure mindset.
I tried for six months to potty train my son. He screamed, cried, yelled and vehemently refused to use the potty. He would rather take a nap than use the potty.
I felt like a potty training failure, just like you feel right now.
But we’re not. It’s OK to take a break. Take however long you need. Put the diapers back on.
Here’s what you can do when you are ready to try again.