Tuesdays With Tyler…The Days of Whine and Potty Training

It seems like a lot longer but we’ve been trying to potty train Tyler for a little over three months now. His teacher at daycare tells me he’s doing pretty well there, but he’s regressed at home.  Now he either refuses to go to the potty or if he does get on there he tells me, “My pee pee won’t come out.”

He loves the book My Big Boy Potty, but I think he just likes it as a story.  I say, “Come on Tyler, don’t you remember? ‘Michael sat and sat.’  Give it some more time!”  But he jumps right off.

Oh and the reward method?  I can’t even get Tyler to listen to my ideas, let alone agree to them.  It worked in the beginning but I think he was in it for the stickers.

We have him only in pull-ups but we are using them like they are diapers and they are twice as expensive.

I think it’s hard to be a woman training a boy.  Is it normal for him to sit on the potty and act like he is milking a cow?

Considering myself a patient mommy I bought one of those gentle potty training books, but I think I want my money back.  I don’t think I will ever look upon this time of Tyler’s life as a wonderful bonding experience that we both treasured.


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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

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