Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm Having Flash Backs...

Remember when I blogged about how Bree was potty training herself? If not, you can click here and read it.

Well, she's not potty training anymore. Bree is back tracking. I have heard from a lot of mothers that this is normal, but nonetheless, it is very aggravating. For about a week, she was doing so good when wearing her "big girl undies". She was going to the potty every time she needed to, and then all of the sudden, she stopped going. She stopped telling me that she need to potty. She just stopped everything.
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BUT it's not just potty training that she has back tracked on though. Bree is obsessed with being naked, and has begun throwing her food on the floor when she's done with it. Both of these things she did quiet a bit, nearly a year ago. So...I'm kinda frustrated.

If this is, in fact, normal...how long will it last? Is there anything I can do, or should I just let it all play out? "Letting it play out" is a method I have always adapted and used with Bree. I think for a baby, that's kind of what you have to do. You can't force them into anything. When she was 16 months old, and not walking yet...I tried not to push too much, and then one day she just hopped up and started running! I made transitions from bottles to sippy cups easy, and from baby food to regular food easy. I only made those transitions when I knew she was ready. So, when she started going to the potty by herself, I was ecstatic. I didn't have to push, or force her into it. She just started on her own, which lets me know that she has the concept down. She knows when she has to potty. Why back track? Why stop doing what she knows is right and good? I rewarded her every time she went to the potty. I did a little pee pee dance, and made her feel super special for being a big girl.

What did I do wrong?

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9 comments:

Rayli said...

I think she is testing you. Kids like to be pushed and reminded of their responsibilities... not too much but the right amount. Kids love and need rules. I think she is just testing to see how far she can go. I think you should tell her that she HAS to make on the potty and ask her if she has to go every 30 minutes till she's back into the swing of things. Oh and the throwing stuff, definitely tell her No. Not acceptable. You can't let her think that she's in charge. Good luck... much easier said than done! :)

Samantha said...

I have tried telling her that peeing in her undies is bad, and going to the potty is good. When I ask her if she has to potty, she says "no" but then does it anyway in her undies. Thinking about enforcing some discipline if she doesn't stop soon. I do think it's a test...and I'm none too happy about any of it.

our b life said...

Let it play out. Don't make too much of a deal about it.

Good luck, may the force be with you friend.See you tomorrow on my blog!

Samantha said...

Oh yay! Thanks! Can't wait :)

Muthering Heights said...

Oh man...I have no advice, but I hope it's over soon!

Becky said...

You didn't do anything wrong. Kids do fluctuate. They do backtrack sometimes. I think you are a smart mom to ride it out:)

Chell said...

Don't jump to quick to discipline, but do let her know that it does not make you happy. She will get back on track, just be patient...

Samantha said...

Thanks for all of the advice guys! I think I will just keep on doing it as I have been, and eventually she'll get bored with trying to spite me, and get back to what she knows is right :)

MariLee Parrish said...

My son is currently doing the same thing. You aren't doing anything wrong (at least if you are, then I am too! LOL!) I'm not pushing at all. Some days he loves to be a big boy and other days he doesn't.

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