Cold weather potty training is more of a challenge as you can’t just pull over to the side of the road with a porta potty when nature calls. But, with the Thanksgiving long weekend coming up you have a great opportunity to get all the training done at home over that extended weekend. You can potty train in just 2 days but having that extra day or 2 takes off some of the pressure to get it done quickly, especially if they’re back in daycare Monday morning.
If you are going to potty train over Thanksgiving and having family over, make sure you leave the toilet decorated, fun for all. Your guests can all help encourage the whole potty training party theme. Leave up the balloons, etc., etc.
Potty training is nowhere near as stressful for your toddlers as it is for you. They’re fine with it, they feed off your energy though. If you’re stressed and unsure of the whole process, they’re going to pick up on that and potentially find it more difficult.
By setting up the whole party theme for potty training you are instantly respecting your toddler’s world. They’re very visual and in constant search of fun. If being on the toilet is fun, then that’s where they’ll want to be. Remember to keep certain toys or entertainment just for potty time. I’ve even had clients who’ve set up a little TV with video games in the bathroom, or had a porta potty by the TV so that if they want to play a video game or watch TV, they have to sit on the potty for same.
Be positive, fun and creative … your toddler’s potty training success will be the reward.
Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach
It's all in my book: "Potty Party Manual: Potty Train in 2 Days"
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