My son is almost 4 year-old and not potty trained. I've been working on him on and off since he turned 3. I never pressured him thinking when he is ready I'll know or he'll say he wants to use the potty. my son is half deaf and has some communication issues but usually understands a majority of what you say to him and can talk to get his point across. anyway, he attends a special preschool program for those deaf and hard of hearing. They have been trying to potty train him with no luck and I am not getting anywhere with him either. But for the past month they have been pressuring him to go. they have been telling me I need to have him potty trained asap. I have been working harder to make my son want to go but he simply does not want to go.
I have been told to take all his toys and stuff away.
I have been told to make him sit on his potty until he goes even if it is for hours at a time
I have taken him to buy underwear with his favorite character which he picked out. I had him pick out stickers to decorate his potty ( it's a simple blue potty given to me)
also bought a potty chair thing that goes on the toilet incase he wanted to try going on the big one.
I have some rewards picked out for him for when he goes But he has not gone AT ALL. his school tried to do the sticker chart but my son could care less from what I'm told.
I'm at my wits end. everyone from his teacher to his car driver( like a bus driver) to my son's grandmother are pressuring me to make him go. this in turn upsets me and I have no where to put my frustration other than my son which makes things worse when I know he is just a little boy and not his fault.
please help me. I've cried and yelled and put myself down as a horrible mother over this. I'm alone in this. I have no one to support me or really help me with this. I'm just told to force him to go. :(