I'm pretty sure that Michael is one of the last May 2006 children who is not potty trained. While I'm not one to think much of peer pressure, in this case I agree. This is pretty late. I'm getting close to the "I need to talk to the pediatrician" on this one.
I tried to do a little "booty camp" during the holiday vacation, but I only got one day in before I had to abandoned my attempts. However, I wasn't giving up, I was just delaying. So, this weekend we gave it another try.
The first positive thing was that Michael actually agreed to put on underwear. Believe it of not, he's actually been potty trained for several months...if he's naked. The naked potty training was good, but not exactly practical. It doesn't seem like a stretch to be potty trained while clothed, if he can do it while naked. But, until this weekend he refused to put on underwear without a huge fight.
I was so encouraged by the underwear situation that I decided to give a trip to the book store a try. It required many "do you need to go potty" questions, but Michael managed to control his bladder until we made a trip to the bathroom. Success! This encouraged further trips to the grocery store and the mall. I even took him through the car wash with me and he stayed dry. I was thrilled. Finally some progress. I even sent him to my mom's in underwear yesterday.
He did have some accidents at home over the three days in underwear. We have to ask him constantly if he needs to use the potty or else he may just decided to go down his leg. So, we aren't there yet. But I'm not crazy enough to expect miracles.
We are going to keep doing the underwear thing on non-school days and I hope that over time he'll either go on his own or at least learn to ask to go to the bathroom when he feels the urge. If I'm really lucky, maybe I'll be able to avoid the "my kid still isn't potty trained" confession at his 4 year well child appointment.