Sunday, May 4, 2008

Potty Training Doesn't Have to Be a Pain!

Potty training doesn't have to be a frustrating experience for either you or your child. Listed below are some quick guidelines:

  • Little children copy what they see their parents doing. That’s why it's so important to let your tots see you using the potty…and having a good time doing so. (While this may be a bit embarrassing for some, the results are well worth the discomfort.)

  • Offer lots of choices. For example, "Do you want to use the upstairs potty or downstairs potty?" "Do you want to bring your favorite toy or leave it in your room?" The more small choices we give, the less resistant our kids will be.

  • Remain calm and empathetic when accidents happen. Punishment never works when it comes to potty training.

  • Allow your child to train at their own pace. Some kids are ready before they are two years old; others aren't ready until they are around four. When we try to force the issue before our children are ready, frustration is all we will achieve.

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Anonymous said...

These are some great tips. I am currently working on potty training my youngest, so this is going to be helpful. Thanks for sharing.

Tidbits Of Tammy said...

I am gearing up for potty training as well, I am praying it goes as smooth as the first.
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