Curious GeorgeThe day began like any other.  A good healthy breakfast for the kid, waffles smothered in peanut butter and syrup of course, a little one on one time with Curious George, some coloring and a little play-dough. You know, the start of a GOOD day… And then it all went downhill.

Me: “Do you have to go potty?”

Little Darling: “NO!”

Me: “Are you sure?”

Little Darling: “NO!”

I then try to explain to her that when I say “Are you sure” she is supposed to say YES, not NO. She than replies with a very confident, “NO!”

The HELL with it! I’ll try again later, but later never comes. You see, I sometimes have this focus issue, it’s also known as CRS, Can’t Remember Shit! So about 30 minutes later I find her hiding under the kitchen table.

Me:”Did you go potty in your pants?”

Little Darling: “No”

Me:”Come here please, let me see?”

Little Darling: “No”


Me: “If I have to drag you out of there you’re getting a time out.”

She just smiles. It’s like she’s saying, “Oh ya, come and get me!”

So there I am, squeezing my fat ASS under the kitchen table, trying to grab my kicking and screaming 2 year old by the ankles. Not a proud moment for me, then again it has been worse. Sure enough she’s wet.

My Potty Training Dilemma

Dinoh Potty

The Dinoh Potty

You see, I’ve been potty training my Little Darling for about 6 months now, and I know she is completely capable of getting to the potty on time. She’s either just lazy, or she has better things to do and doesn’t want to take the time. I’m guessing it’s the latter.

Six months ago I chose to do the 3 Day Potty Training, mainly because I’m incredibly impatient. So I let her run around the house with only a top on, no pants, no undies, and no training diaper. It worked well. She was going on the potty the first day. I honestly thought I had it in the BAG!

Now 6 months later I’m faced with this problem. If she’s naked from the waist down, she’s completely potty trained. She even goes on the big potty, wipes, and flushes, all by herself!

Now, put pants on her, or even a thin pair of underwear, and it’s like we’re right back were we started. She’s forgotten what and where the potty is. Unless I force her, she’ll just go in her pants.

I can’t let her run around half naked forever! What will the neighbors think?

So, after a fair amount of research I’ve come up with these three options:

#1) Take something of value away from her every time she has an accident.

#2) Wait. Maybe she’s not ready. Some kids can be ready physically but not mentally.

#3) Threaten her with diapers. Tell her that if she can’t go on the potty like a big girl she’s going to have to wear diapers like a baby. And when she wants to do a certain something, tell her that only big girls that go pee pee on the potty can do x, y, and z.


I’ve tried taking things away from her, it hasn’t really worked in the past, and I really don’t want to wait when I’m so close to the end. So I think I’m going to try option #3. She’s extremely independent, and thrives on doing “big girl” things. If I can somehow brainwash her into thinking that she’s not a big girl if she wets her pants, I might have it made.

Yes, that’s what it’s come to… Brainwashing. I’m not too proud to admit it either.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

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8 Responses to Potty Training a Stubborn 2.5 Year Old

  1. Sister Shellee says:

    Hey Sis, Instead of punishment how about working towards a reward? Next time you are out at Target or a thrift store, or where ever. Buy the thing that she really wants, with in reason of course. Put it up where she can see it but not get. Depending on how big item is, decide how long she must remain dry in order to earn it. Create a chart for wall with goal on it. Allow her to put stickers on chart or allow her to put an x or even put a little lip stick on her lips and allow her to kiss the chart!

    Don’t start out with something big like a fairy or princess dress! That can come later. Start out with something smaller like a $3 toy or a favorite snack and juice box. When she earns it, go for something a little bigger and that will take a little longer for her to earn.

    You are creative. If you try this let me know how it worked! Love ya Both!

  2. Mama Deb says:

    I’m in the same boat with a 2 & 3yr old! Ugh…. We have 4 sizes of diapers/training pants in our house for a 1,2,3 & 5yr old. I shoulda bought stock in Pampers……

  3. Gina says:

    With both of mine they were all like “I don’t have to go peeeee” and then peed all over the floor/couch/my leg/etc. It was ridiculously frustrating. It took lots of stickers and bouncing between pull-ups and big kid undies to get it to work but it did in the end! I also remember having to put a timer on for about a week straight to get them in the mindset of “Oh hey maybe I do have to go pee!”

    • Momma says:

      The timer idea is great, especially since I have absolutely no sense of time what-so-ever! It keeps me on top of it, and therefore Z on top of it. I still have to force her to go in and try, but if I can just stick with it, maybe it will eventually click. Thanks for reading!

  4. Jen H. says:

    I did the sticker chart, with reward: Wish I could say it worked miracles, but some kids just stay in this phase for awhile until they are truly ready. When it came to Violet, she became a “BIG” girl the day we brought Carson home from hospital, she has never had an accident EVER. Maybe u should think about this as an option???? Hehe

    • Momma says:

      HAAA! I’ll tell Joe you mentioned it, and see what he has to say. Don’t be surprised if he calls you FREAKING OUT! LOL!

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