Hooray for Potty Training!

by Melanie Edwards on June 22, 2009 · 5 comments

in preschoolers, toddlers

After much time spent on attempting to potty train and many ups and downs, we have been having regular success this past week. Baby girl has actually used the potty at least once each day. She even went and sat down by herself without me or her dad having to make her sit. Major improvements, folks.

However, she has this little thing that she doesn’t want us to really celebrate it or tell her we’re proud of her. It’s the strangest thing. Here’s how it goes.

Me: Good job love! You did it!
Her: NOOOOOO! I DIDN’T WAAAANT TO DO IT!

Seriously, what in the world is that about?

My child has to be the only child who does NOT want to be praised when she’s done something good. I’ve read all the potty training tips out there. Believe me, if a link says “potty training” in it, I click it. And they all say the same thing.

Praise, praise, praise.

I get it. It makes sense. If I tell her she did something good and that I’m proud, then she’s more likely to do it again or want to do so.

But, apparently, that doesn’t fly with my daughter. I can’t make out why.

The important thing, though, is that she continue to use the potty on a daily basis so that eventually we can move on to always using it. So far this past week, even without too much praise, she’s shown that she’s getting the hang of it.

Perhaps she just likes to complain in the process of doing so.

As always, any input on past experiences are appreciated. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Jacqueline June 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I know this has been an issue for you! I am so happy to hear you are making progress.

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Melanie (Modern Mami) June 24, 2009 at 8:06 pm

@Jacqueline, Thanks so much Jackie! You can’t even imagine how excited we are.

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Mommy Daddy Blog June 25, 2009 at 12:45 am

I was going to recommend Potty Tots until I saw that your daughter doesn’t like any forms of praise, lol! Well, at least she’s going – the hard part is over, lol.

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Melanie (Modern Mami) June 25, 2009 at 5:43 am

@Mommy Daddy Blog, Potty Tots? Haven’t heard of it, but I’ll look into it. Maybe I can get around the praise thing.

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