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Help, my 3 year old son refuses to use the potty.

asked Apr 28, 2017
580 PointsSilver
According to the Mayo Clinic It is best to ask these questions first to determine if it is time to potty train:

Is it time?

Potty-training success hinges on physical and emotional readiness, not a specific age. Many kids show interest in potty training by age 2, but others might not be ready until age 2 1/2 or even older — and there's no rush. If you start potty training too early, it might take longer to train your child.

Is your child ready? Ask yourself these questions:

Does your child seem interested in the potty chair or toilet, or in wearing underwear?
Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture when he or she needs to go?
Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
Does your child complain about wet or dirty diapers?
Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
Can your child sit on and rise from a potty chair?
If you answered mostly yes, your child might be ready for potty training. If you answered mostly no, you might want to wait.
May 10, 2017
+1 Vote
8660 PointsGold
Hi Becky!
In my experience as an preschool teacher, boys start to use the bathroom later than girls would.

It also can stem from an emotional tie to wanting to independent or not. It can differ from child to child.

To be more specific, I would need more information about what is going on with your child.

Feel free to reach out, and I'll be happy to help!
-Michelle Alvarez
Jul 27, 2017
+1 Vote