I had the same problem with my three year old son...we tried everything, rewards, praise, sitting him there and not letting him up, anything we could think of. In the end (and we're not completely through yet, but getting there) it was a combination of things that worked. First was that we sit him straddled on the seat, so he can see what's going on down there. my son was fascinated to see himself pee. Next my mom sent a brand new tricycle that we set in the bathroom, explaining that the trike was a no diaper trike, and he couldn't ride it unless he peed on the potty consistantly for a week. And then I let him run around naked, so he could do everything on his own. For a couple days I was mopping up messes, but one day we just saw him run into the bathroom, and lo and behold he had climbed up and done everything all by himself. Sometimes it takes a while for things to click.
at 11:43 PM on Aug. 19, 2009