Step 1. Resist the urge to potty train when your child is showing signs of readiness at an early age.
Step 2. Make excuses for resistance. IE: We're planing a trip and I don't want to potty train until after the trip, We just had another baby so I'll wait until things settle down, or Arbor Day is coming up and I don't want to be tied down to potty training during all the festivities.
Step 3. Wait.
Step 4. Wait some more.
Step 5. Keep waiting. (The longer you can put it off, the easier it will be.)
Step 6. Bribe your child. Bribery is the secret to every lazy parents success. Skittles for number one. Break out the big guns for number two (blow-pops, ring pops, air heads, trips to McDonalds...whatever appeals to your child.)
Step 7. Eat half the bribery candy yourself. You deserve it. You've been working hard on this potty training business.
Step 8. Take diapers away cold turkey. If you've done this correctly, your child is now old enough to just know how to use the bathroom without any training. They can hold it for at least two to three hours.
***This method is guaranteed. After all, no child will still be in diapers at high school graduation.
Yes, this means Gray is FINALLY potty trained. And yes, he is my third child to potty train at a late age. I used to think my kids were just late bloomers. But by the third late bloomer in a row, I started to think it might be me.