Tackle it Tuesday — Tackling Potty Training

by Janice

Tackle it Tuesday

Tackling Potty Training Regression!!!

Where does a mother, frustrated and overwhelmed with her 3.5 year old regressing from being almost completely potty trained to consistently UN-trained, go for help!?!

She goes to Facebook — yes she does.

Last week I was lost in potty training despair! After weeks of accidents — usually the messy kind! — and even Olivia’s preschool calling me with concern over her daily accidents, I took to Facebook to get some help from my parent friends.

They delivered with potty training tips — put away the pull ups, get tough, use a reward chart, bribe if you have to! — and encouragement!

So, I listened and… we are having some success!!!

Yes, it is still messy at points, but Olivia is definitely improving and even pooped on the potty at school, much to her teachers’ delight!

Potty Training Chart and Stickers

I started a reward chart with her — and she loves the stickers. (I found this Dora reward chart online.)

Potty Training Chart and Stickers

Potty Training Chart and Stickers

Only problem is getting her to put the sticker on the right day of the reward chart…

Potty Training Chart and Stickers

And to not put them on the dog!

Potty Training Chart and Stickers

Potty Training Chart and Stickers

I am SO relieved to see improvement! Thank you friends — you are so important to me (and to my potty training daughter too!)

How is your tackling going???

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Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
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Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Janice.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susie's Homemade March 1, 2011 at 6:46 am

We love stickers here! You can get kids to do almost anything if a sticker is involved. My youngest has been making her own bed since preschool because of them!!!


2 Bonnie March 1, 2011 at 7:36 am

Ahhh one stage I do not love of child rearing is the potty stage. You would think after training 3 children I’d be ready for the fourth but I’m not. I am in denial!! He toddled up to me and grabbed his belly said the p word and I too him to the potty and he produced what was bothering his stomach…this kid should be easy to train yet I just cannot make myself do it yet.

Could it be the -40 weather we have everyday this past month? I don’t want to undress him from all his snow gear for a potty break.


3 Larri March 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

The one thing I realized when Potty Training…I was completely not in control of my kids’ bladder function! LOL As a Type-A girl, this one revelation almost made me crazy. ;) Thankfully, all three of my kids were fairly easy to potty train. I just had to wait until they were ready. For a couple of them, that meant I had to wait many months AFTER I was ready for them to be potty trained. Best of luck! I think the reward system is a great idea! :)

PS…my tackle today is writing letters. Stop by if you get a chance. Happy Tuesday! :)


4 Mel Fraase March 1, 2011 at 9:47 am

Yay!! I am about to embark on mission: potty train here as well!! I love the sticker chart!!


5 Jolene March 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

Stickers worked for all 4 of my boys. Something about stickers and a chart. I’m happy for your success.


6 Nolie March 1, 2011 at 10:28 am

Hey now she is just rewarding the puppy for doing his business where he should as well. Sharing the sticker reward love. So glad to hear that you are seeing improvement. Potty training sucks.


7 Kenna March 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

I find the collective wisdom of friends on Facebook extremely useful. It is like having all the moms in your life in one room. Amazing!
My boys never would go for a reward. They potty trained when they wanted, much to my dismay. Rewards, candy, charts, new potty seats, nothing ever worked. My oldest two were forced. I told them we ran out of pullups and they would have to do it. They were both 4 years old at that time. Sigh.


8 Free Referrals March 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Very Informative,I’m bookmarking this.


9 Amanda March 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

YAY Glad the tips helped!


10 Nicole March 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I’m so thankful you posted this! I’ve been struggling with this same issue with my 3.5 yr old son! It gives me hope to know someone else is dealing with this too. We did try the stickers (AGAIN) but seems to be his favorite snack as a reward is what is working!


11 Potty Training Child February 27, 2014 at 11:28 am

As a mother of 3 children I fully appreciate the advantages of using a reward chart.


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