Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Potty Training Queen

So, I don't want to brag, but there is some reason that children respond to me when it comes time for them to potty train. I have potty trained well over 30 kids. My (3) boys have been potty trained by age two and some think that is insane. So, I'm here to post about how to make your lives easier when it comes to potty training.
1. Teach them how to pull on and off their underwear. (very important skill for them to learn)
2. Always set your child on the toliet backwards(facing the wall). They will not be as afraid of falling in or off the toliet.
3. Myth Busted- Your child IS ready to potty train when you are willing to put forth the time and effort it will take.
4. Never get mad over an accident, they will happen, even at age five. Keep encouraging.
5. Watch your child closely, especially when they are playing. You can see it in their faces and movements when they have to use the bathroom. (usually they will be playing and will stop, just for a second because the urge just hit them).
6. Usually when you ask a child to use the bathroom, they will not. Don't fret, watch the clock and take them in there a few minutes later.
7. If you notice the URGE in their face to use the bathroom, tell them, but don't make them go because you just scared the pee back! Take them a few minutes later (or you will have an accident.)
8. Show them how it is done. They copy everything else we do, why not this.
9. There is no need for a little potty. You can get a step stool so they can climb up themselves onto the toliet.
10. Pooing on the toliet will be harder to control. Most children you can tell when they need to go. If your child is 2 1/2 and under, watch carefully the red face, noises. Try to catch them in the act. You may scare it back in but now you know they have to go. 2 1/2 and older, also watch carefully, they will hide whenever they need to go. Whether it be just around the corner or behind a chair. They are old enough to know what they are doing and it now embaresses them.

If you are still having trouble, leave a question in comments and I'll fill you in to more of BrookesMusings.

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