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What can I do when my child refuses to use the bathroom before we leave the house?

Your child is expressing a desire to control her bathroom use, no matter what. Your best response is to allow her to experience the consequences of her actions.

Your child is expressing a desire to control her bathroom use, no matter what. Your best response is to allow her to experience the consequences of her actions.

If she is already regularly using a potty or the toilet, she will not enjoy the accident that occurs while on the road. By packing cleaning supplies and a change of clothes (and covering the car seat with plastic if necessary), you will have made learning through experience as painless as possible for both of you while avoiding the extended problems a power struggle would cause.

 

Last Updated
7/9/2013
Source
Guide to Toilet Training (Copyright © 2003 American Academy of Pediatrics)
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