There are many common potty training problems. All children are basically the same. They have their own mind, their own fears, and even their own individuality. They all have at least one potty training problem. Here are five common potty training problems:
The toilet is a monster – At some point, every child is afraid of the toilet. Some children decide that the toilet is a monster or there is a monster in the toilet. You cannot give in to this fear. Face it head on. Go to the bathroom with your child and search the bathroom and look down the toilet. Ask if they see a monster. Sit on the toilet and go first if that’s what it takes to get your child to sit on the potty.
Not taking your child, but asking your child – Do not ask your child if he or she needs to potty. Take your child to the bathroom and “see” if he or she needs to potty. Let your child sit on the potty even if nothing comes out. Your child will be getting use to sitting on the potty and he or she may have to go and not realize it. When children are playing they will forget about everything else. Your child may have to go to the bathroom, but he or she is too busy to realize it. A gentle reminder of asking will not work, you have to persuade them with a trip to the bathroom so they are thinking potty. They may not even understand what you just asked them. So if you are going to ask, sit them on the potty anyway.
Schedule – Schedule is a common factor in anything you do. You must keep to a schedule when potty training. Most parents will give up the schedule because the child does not use the potty. Instead of giving up the schedule change it. Keep going to the potty after meals and nap times, and before bed time. The child will eventually use the potty. Sometimes it takes a little time. Let the child sit on the potty for two to four minutes at a time. If the child has to go and is ready he or she will use the potty. If the child is not ready to potty, then sitting on the potty any longer will just be torture for you both.
Accidents – Expect accidents. Accidents happen when potty training. Just because your child has an accident does not mean you should give up on potty training. Over night accidents are the most common because when the child is asleep he or she does not have control over his or her bladder. When the child is asleep he or she will not even know that he or she needs to go to the bathroom.
Potty training resistance and regression – Know when to back off. Another common mistake parents make is they don’t know when to back off. They keep pushing their child and the child may not be ready to be potty trained. If your child has strong resistance or even regresses, ease up. You do not want potty training to turn into the battle of the wills.