Don't turn it into a battle, if they're not ready they're not ready you won't win. It is physically impossible to force a child to pee, so if you push you'll get stuck in a battle of wits, and will more then likely loose. Keep things positive, lots of reinforcements (i'm a huge fan of sticker charts) no punishment until the child has the concept well established. I'm not big on making them clean up accidents, it's a personal choice. I view that as punishment and I don't feel any child should have to clean up pee or poop when they're just learning. If your child is a boy try letting him "aim" at cheerios or some other flushable object, they typically find this funny. Place in underwear at all times, if going into public put a pull up over the underwear, so if an accident occurs the child still feels the icky wetness, but there's no embarrassment of wearing soaked pants and people staring; the pull up will absorb the moisture.
at 7:27 PM on Mar. 31, 2011