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We're stuck. Stuck in potty land with nothing to show for it. A has officially revolted against the potty at home and school. Last week, he even refused to set foot in the bathroom during school. Needless to say, we've taken a few steps - or, ridiculously large leaps - backward.

What we are dealing with is downright defiance, and, to be honest, I'm lost. I have no clue what to do.

We've tried several suggested methods. We've tried to force it, and we've tried to be relaxed about it. We made a potty chart with stickers and prizes. We still bribe with M&Ms and bite-sized candy bars. He has big boy undies and several potty options to sit on. He runs around butt naked daily. We cheer and praise and have only stopped short of throwing him a potty parade... which is not totally out of the question. Who has the number for a reputable Grand Marshall?

Our latest trial came off the recommendation of a couple friends: the Potty Watch. You set it to play a song every 30, 60 or 90 minutes. When it plays, A is supposed to sit on the potty. We set it for every 30 minutes to start. Even after bedtime, I could still hear the tune mocking me in my head.

He was fairly excited about his new watch, but he didn't want to wear it. So, I did. You won't find that trend in InStyle magazine. It didn't take long or many public outings before he decided he no longer wanted to share. Thank goodness. He began wearing it everywhere, and, at first, wanted to sit on the potty when it played the song. Several successes later, he dumped the watch.

Suddenly, I found him trying to silence the watch every time it sounded. Or, as soon as it went off, he would quickly pee in his pants and let me know he no longer needed to sit on the potty. Fantastic. We still sat him on the potty after those stunts, but it usually resulted in flailing legs, tears and being sent to his room. And, then back to the potty and repeat.

I'm beginning to think A and E will be potty trained at the same time. Remember when I mentioned paying someone a million dollars to potty train this kid? Yeah. That's starting to sound like a realistic plan. Donations can be accepted through PayPal to help fund A's potty training ;)

Or, we'll just plan to purchase diapers for life. I suppose there's always Depends.

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Comment by Laura on October 8, 2013 at 4:52pm

Thanks for the advice, Lauren! I think we are going to step back for a little while, but I'll have to give the pez dispensers a try, too :)

Comment by Lauren Markman on October 8, 2013 at 9:13am

Hang in there. He will learn eventually - I know how rough and awful it is. It's good that you are trying everything, but maybe back off for a few weeks so you can all regroup. That helped us, as well as finding the right bribe for my son. It is a testament to a mother's love that she will remember potty training her child, but her child will never remember the process of being potty trained.

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