You are probably looking forward to the day when diapers and training pants are things of the past. However, it’s wise to know a bit about potty training before you start working with your child on this skill. Planning ahead will help you prepare and be patient.
Create a Plan
Every child is different. What worked for your friend’s child may not work for your child at all. That’s why it’s important to research approaches and create a plan based on your child’s needs and desires. You can use a specific method such as the 3-day method of potty training. You can also look at elimination communication methods or child-led training. No matter how you decide to approach potty training, have a plan and all the materials you will need to implement it. This also means blocking off the time to work with your child without interruptions or other tasks that split your focus. Discuss the plan with your child in an age-appropriate way and help him or her understand their role. Kids often do better when they know what is expected of them.
Take a positive approach when potty training instead of focusing on the negative. It’s easy to get frustrated when your child has an accident, but it’s not good for your child and can halt progress. As opposed to harping on the negative, use rewards when a child is successful to show that you are proud of all she or he is accomplishing. Stickers or candy work well when it comes to rewarding success. You aren’t bribing your child. You are simply rewarding them after they do something you are proud of in the potty-training department. Small prizes that recognize a child’s efforts go a long way in encouraging her or him to keep trying.
Some kids potty train very quickly. Others take time and regress often. Accidents and slips up are a part of the journey for most kids, so practice patience during this time. Have a plan for yourself when it comes to how you will handle regression, tantrums, and the frustration that comes with childhood transitions. Make sure you don’t shame your child and try as hard as possible to keep interactions positive. Have a partner or friend be your back up when you need a potty-training break and don’t feel like you can remain calm.
Potty training is a rite of passage for everyone, and it marks the transition to a whole new phase of childhood (and parenthood). Go in prepared and watch your child succeed.
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