I left a comment for a friend on potty-training. I will thankfully never have to do this again. Grin.
My advice if it is going badly. Take a short break. Resume and take a different tack. I read Toilet Training in Less Than a Day. My son took much longer than a day, but you get the idea. Here’s what worked for me when all else had failed and a September first day of preschool was looming ahead of us.
- I set aside a week to stay home.
- I placed a potty in the bathroom.
- I let him walk around in underwear.
- Since he had shown so much resistance the first time, I resorted to a bribe. I placed a Diego jeep and animals toy in the box on a shelf in the bathroom. He really wanted this toy. I told him that every time he went on the potty he would get an animal. If he went 5 more times he could get the Jeep. I told him that once he got the toy we were done with diapers and pullups.
- The book said that the child should practice getting to the toilet. I had my son run to bathroom from all rooms in the house. When he got to the bathroom he practice pulling down his pants and going on the potty. He loved this game. It got him ready for those times when he left going to the toilet to the last minute.
He was the hardest to train of my 3 kids. But, once he got it he had very few accidents, plus he was trained at night a week later. My girls were still in a night pullup closer to 6.