We gave up potty training again for the time being. I made it longer this time than last. There are 2 camps of thought re: potty training.
Ready or Not Ready.
No Such Thing As Ready or Not Ready.
The question is, which do I believe in? Because if I believe in the first, he's not ready. If I believe in the second, he's totally capable and just being stubborn which happens.
So I'm doing some reading, will make a decision, and when PT starts again we are staying quiet so I don't get the conflicting advice which ends up making me doubt my own decisions.
Why do I think he's capable? He can read. If he can teach himself to read he can understand that poop and pee go in a potty. He would wait until we weren't looking to go - meaning he knows he's doing it. This sort of thought process puts me in the "No such thing" category. I believe he can learn and that he doesn't have to be "ready".
HOWEVER, he is ridiculously willful, and so perhaps he does personally have to be "ready". That's where I waver. He never did trial and error with any skills. He waited until he knew he could do them, and then just did them. Like with crawling and walking and rolling. All of it. And he recently gave up his version of a paci (a nasty old sippy cup) on his own. So perhaps there is no fighting this kid. Perhaps he WILL have a "ready" time.
Anyway, it's on hold again. We're not over the average age for boys, so no worrying yet. I just REALLY want to be down to 1 in diapers. I feel like he should be doing more things for himself than he is and that is my fault. But what do I know? I'm making up this whole parenting thing as I go along.