Have you ever gone on a diet to try to lose weight??? Did you just dive in or did you have a plan of action? Did you get frustrated and want to give up? Did you give up only to put the weight back on and have to start all over again? Do you see a pattern or similarities to potty training?
Potty training takes time just like weightloss does. You are not going to lose those 10 or 20 lbs in one week. It's a gradual process and one that needs constant attention. You can't say well I'm gonna eat a healthy breakfast and then burgers, fries and a soda for lunch and dinner and think you are going to lose weight. You have to stick with your plan all day long and start all over again in the morning. Potty training is the same way, you have to be reminding them and talking to them about going to the potty all day. They need reminders just like we do! They need incentives just like we do. They need consistancy just like we do. And they need encouragement just like we do! Don't we tend to feel more confident and ready to go when we read articles on others weightloss success? Or when we arm ourselves with information to get us going or back on track? Do the same with your child, keep reading the books or watching the videos. Knowledge truly does empower us to take on difficult tasks!
When we are trying to lose weight we have to learn to incorporate exercise into our daily routine. Try to figure out ways to incorporate potty time into your daily routine. For example, going potty when you wake up, going potty before you go out or before you go to bed. Show them that this is a part of Mommy's and Daddy's life and now it is a part of theirs. Show them that we don't take a time out during the day and put a pullup on b/c we don't want to try, show them that if we have to go potty while we are out we use a public one. And show them your confidence in them and your confidence in knowing that everything is ok and nothing bad will happen to them (esp in the big scary restrooms).
If you need help implementing a plan, let me know and I can help! If you are frustrated, write a comment and get it off your chest. We all have been there and know how frustrating it can be!
And as always, remember CONSISTANCY is key!