Rainn Wilson's son is in "poop denial"

04/13/2007 at 11:57 PM ET

Intouch4_cbbThe Office star Rainn Wilson and his wife Holiday Reinhorn are nearing a pivotal point in parenthood – the two plan on toilet training their son, Walter McKenzie, 2 1/2, soon. But there is a slight issue. Rainn tells Jay Leno on The Tonight Show of his son’s potty problem.

He’s in what I would call ‘poop denial.’ Well like you will see him in what is obviously some kind of pooping activity. Like he’ll be hiding in the corner, propping himself and he’ll have, like, a ‘poop face’ on. And you’ll go, ‘Walter, are you pooping?’ And he’ll be like, "No, no, not pooping!’ And it’s obvious that he is.

Walter does have a code word to alert not only his parents, but himself as well, of when he is pooping.

He always says ‘hi’ when he’s pooping, so he knows. So he’ll be here and he’ll have the face and he’ll go, ‘Hi, hi, hi!’ But he’ll deny it. It’s the weirdest thing. And he’ll want you to stay away. He’ll go, ‘No, stay!’ So I dunno how we’re gonna train him because [he’s] like, ‘Leave me alone, leave me alone!’

Rainn says he realizes no progress can be made until Walter can accept when he’s defecating.

It’s like someone with a drug problem – you have to acknowledge there’s a problem before you can move forward. He’s gotta acknowledge he’s pooping before we can…so I dunno how that’s gonna go.


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Maximum Big Surprise on

Well, I disagree with Rainn. I think NOW is the perfect time toilet train him. He should have Walter run around with no diaper on and ask him every 15 minutes if he has to go and then put him on the potty. Walter is obviously ready for the potty because he hides while doing his business. He already has some kind of routine. It’s just a matter of transferring that to the potty. My older son was the exact same way. He would hide to do his business. We then had him go on the potty and he was trained in just 3 days.

Spiff on

Oh my gosh…my daughter was the same way. Except she would say, “I’m OK” out of the blue for no reason and that’s how we knew she had pooped! Then, of course, she would deny that she had…

Becky's Daughter on

Cute story.

Aura on

LOL. That’s funny.