Hi everyone, hoping someone might be able to shed some light on my situation. My DS will be 3 in June, we started introducing the potty at 18 months with a little kid size potty for him to sit on throughout the day. This went well, as did bringing him with us into the bathroom to kind of understand what is supposed to happen.
When he turned 2 we tried to increase the potty time and a couple of times before his bath he would pee on our regular toilet with the kid insert. He would still sit on the little potty but it's actually too small for him to sit and get his pee/poop into. Now he will use the little potty for his stuffed animals to go potty. Up until now we would keep things casual but a few months after turning 2 he stopped wanting to sit on the potty and stopped peeling even occasionally in the potty.
When he reached 2.5 we tried to be more serious about it, potty time every hour and using pull-ups (which yes, I now know we're not a good idea!) as practice underwear. Well he loved the pull-ups but still did not use the potty.
A few weeks ago my church mom's group suggested going straight to underwear. We have tried that the last week and it has been a nightmare. Now he tantrums when he has to sit on the potty (we used a timer to try every half hour to try and catch him), will pee in his undies and not be bothered by it, screams that he wants a diaper and will not go on potty.
So basically I feel like now the situation is worse and it's a power struggle. I don't know if I should drop it or power through so he doesn't get his way. Making things a little weirder is that he is super-advanced school-wise, is starting to read, etc. He is so smart I feel like he is ready to potty train but maybe I'm wrong. Thoughts?