Tons of parents all over the world are stuck trying to train their kids to use the potty properly and constantly. There are natural and “proper” ways to do this but once in a while, you’ll come across a kid who’ll refuse to use the potty for unfathomable reasons. When all else fails, why not try out some of the less practiced techniques which could turn things around in just a couple of days or weeks?
If you’re not too concerned with getting your hands dirty in the process, here are a few extremely effective methods that can make the whole procedure of potty training your kids seem like a breeze. I can already imagine some of the parents here shaking their heads disapprovingly, but here they come..
Controversial Tip #1: Bribe Your Kids
As horrible as this might sound, it does work on kids as much as it does on grownups. Promise that you’ll give him a penny or two for every successful potty session that he completes and if he cleans up after himself, double up the reward! Your kids will soon be looking forward to their daily pooping sessions more than you.
Give them a little piggy bank for storing the pennies and once they collect enough, they wouldn’t have to bug you to buy them the latest toys anymore because they’ll have enough money for themselves. This is what I call win-win! If you don’t feel sufficiently comfortable with this, swap out the pennies for a couple of candies instead. That ought to make you feel slightly better.
Controversial Tip #2: Make It Fun
Unfortunately, this will only work for your little boys. Instead of calling out to your child asking him to use the potty at the same times every day (this will seem like a chore to him), make it seem like a fun-filled activity!
Throw in a couple of bread crumbs or pieces of cereal into the toilet bowl and tell him to shoot at it with his pee. This is effective training for his aim rather than having to clean up the sides of the toilet or worse still, the ground every time after he’s done with his business. You could also bribe reward him with more goodies if he doesn’t wet the sides at all!
Controversial Tip #3: Act Impressed
If you’re easily impressed by such things, then you can probably skip this step. Otherwise, act as if you’re really impressed if your kid’s able to use the potty or toilet without causing any unwanted accidents. Pile on the praises! Kids love the attention and the feeling that they’re special. Tell him he’s doing so much better than you did when you were a kid. This will make him want to stay on top of his groove and continue to perform as best he can.
Controversial Tip #4: Lead By Example
Toddlers love to imitate the actions of grownups. Actually, they’ll emulate anyone at all who’re older than them. This is where trouble stirs up sometimes when you have the younger kid parroting everything that his older brother or sister is saying. Turn this around to your advantage. Go to the toilet constantly and bring your kid along with you. Intervals of 30 minutes to an hour would be a good start. After watching you do this continuously, they’ll automatically want to follow suit and give it a go. Of course, this only works for the quick and easy #1. #2 is a whole other matter.
Controversial Tip #5: Poop In The Open
The bathroom might seem like an intimidating place, especially if your kid has to conduct his business alone in it. Whilst staying in the toilet to accompany him is a feasible way, sooner or later he won’t be able to do it without you by his side. This can turn into a major hassle. A better way to do this would be to buy him a kid’s potty and let him use it in his playroom or the living room.
Your kid will be much more comfortable with his potty sessions and he wouldn’t dread doing it at all. Slowly but surely, try moving the potty closer to the toilet whilst keeping him company as much as you can by walking by constantly even if you’re not heading in that direction. As mentioned earlier though, don’t stay there with your child as he poops away because he’ll learn to depend on you every time he wants to use the potty.
That’s it! That wasn’t so bad, was it? These are all true and tried techniques that have worked for even some of the most stubborn kids out there. If you’re still worried about the viability of these methods, you can stick to the standard techniques on how to potty train a boy but you should also be prepared to see slower results. Good luck with implementing these potty training tips on your son!