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Sometimes You Need A Potty Training Hiatus

For the past several weeks, we have been working on potty training Evan.

There has not been one second during this time that did not include a fit and some tears, so I have decided that we need to put potty training on hold.

I keep hearing that I will know when my toddler is ready to potty train, and what this week has shown me is that he is definitely not ready, as much as I really wanted him to be. I am actually worried that I have inflicted some kind of emotional damage on my son by pressing the issue.

I just can’t figure out if Evan truly has fear and anxiety about using the potty, or if he’s just extremely stubborn, and doesn’t want to sit on the potty yet.

Either way, there is just too much friction to continue at this point, and I can only hope that there will be a day soon when he is open to the idea of using the potty.

Someone usually chimes in with the statement, “How many Kindergarteners do you see wearing diapers?”, and it’s true, you don’t see that, but in my paranoid mind, it is my kid wearing the Pamper in school.

Of course, I was also convinced he would NEVER roll over, walk, or drink out of a sippy cup, and he did all of those things right on schedule. When it comes down to it, I probably just need to swallow an enormous chill pill and learn to be more patient with my children. I’m sure he’ll get the hang of using the potty soon enough.

When was your child ready for potty training? Did you ever worry that he or she was not learning quickly enough?

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