Today’s topic was brought up by a parent whose 3 year old son just did not want to poop in the potty. She’s not alone. There were over 200,000 references to fear of pooping in the potty on Google. I guess that should give us some comfort about whether a child is troubled or simply obstinate because he or she wants to hold on to the poop. It’s a world-wide issue.
I might as well tell you up front that there is no single solution, but you can envision relief ahead. If you provide positive support for using the potty and don’t resort to meanness, screaming in frustration, or pay for poop tactics, most toddlers will shed their pull-ups, put on the underpants, and use the potty like the rest of us by the time they’re 4 years old. (more…)
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