i have three children, (now 16, 15, and 3) two of which were trained just after their third birthday, and one who trained herself when she was two. It was with my first born (the only boy) that taught me the truth about potty training. Under pressure from some family members to begin training him at about eighteen months, the experience quickly deteriorated into an exasperating battle of wills, not only for my husband and I but for our daycare provider as well. After a few weeks of increasingly resistant behavior from my son, which had now reached a point where he would throw a tantrum every time you tried to take him to the bathroom, my day care provider said to me, "You know, I just don't think that he is ready, why don't we just table it for now, and try again later." She was a very wise woman. It may have meant another eighteen months in diapers, but when HE decided he was ready, he trained in one weekend, and never even had an accident. My daughter, fourteen months younger than my son, was just past two when she came home from day care and announced that she, "was a big girl now, and she was going to wear big girl panties." She never wore another diaper, and never wet her bed. When my three year old was born, I was already a firm believer in taking my cue as to when to train from the child.