What do I do for potty training? I simply wait until they’re ready. I never use potty chairs and I don’t read potty books. That is way too mainstream. The potty chairs, the crying, the accidents, who needs the stress? When I see that they are ready, sometimes it takes a little prodding, and when they ask…we try it out. I have bribed one of my sons before because he would go in his pants. It was a horrible span of about 6 months! After I bribed him with a bike if he went in the toilet, he took the bait; only to go right in his pants no sooner than we got home with bike in hand.
Un-schooling has made me think, re-think and ask myself why I do what I do. Bribing doesn’t work, rewards are merely incentives that don’t work for the long haul (more on this topic later), and honestly, when I’ve waited until their timing–everyone’s happy! 3 years-old has been about the time when all of mine (give or take a couple months) have ended up being potty trained. My advice from a mom who’s potty trained quite a few? Relax! There is enough stress raising little ones, they don’t need the stress and either do you. Let them tell you when they’re ready.