Guys, Silas is ready to potty train. He's been showing signs for a few months, but at this point, it is glaringly obvious that it's time to potty train this boy. In fact, he's moving into the territory where the only thing keeping him from going potty is his mother.
Insert weighted sigh here.
Have you MET Silas? My iron-willed child? The boy who is not at all afraid to make a mess (who delights, actually, in escaping long enough to pee on the floor after bathtime)? Who will do ANYTHING - I do mean anything - to make his brother laugh, and pretty much could not care less about his parents' response, as long as Asher is laughing? THIS is the boy I am responsible for potty training. What are we going to do if Asher thinks pooping on the floor is funny?
So. Send me your best potty training advice. I will tell you that I don't personally believe in pull-ups, and have preferred in the past to go cold turkey and deal with the messes, to make it easier for them to learn. Of course, that was with my boy who HATED making a mess on the floor, and loved to sit on the potty. Still, I think pull-ups are fancy diapers, and since they were diaper trained since the day they were born, they don't really help little kids know it's time to do something different.
With that in mind, how do I potty train a strong-willed child without creating a war of wills?