Most people do not realize that toilet training is an emotional experience. Although you may be eager for your youngster to become the queen or king of the porcelain throne, unless your child is ready, it just isn't happening.
"Children must be ready both emotionally and physically for potty training to be a success," advises KellyAnn Bonnell, M.A., Director of the Unitarian Universalist Early Education Cooperative Preschool. "There is no ideal age. Wait until your child begins to show interest in the process. That will be sometime between 24 and 36 months. When your child is ready, it shouldn't take more than a couple of days."
Ever found your youngster crouching under a desk or in a closet doing his duty in his underwear after spending time on the potty with no luck? You're not the only parent with these frustrations. Despite the success you may have found with encouragement and bribes, when it came to going potty in the potty, you may find your kiddo down right refusing to go poop on the toilet. Before you jump to the conclusion that your little one is simply trying to drive you crazy, you should know that for some children, you need to help them potty train each skill separately.
Congratulations to the lucky parents whose kids grasped the concept of number one and number two in one fell swoop, but for most, "children learn to control their bladder before their bowel," shares Bonnell. "Do not have unrealistic expectations that once a child has mastered his or her bladder he has also controlled his bowel." So, patience is the key to helping your tot gain total poopy control in the potty.
Although you cannot rush the toilet training process, you may find that these seven tips for potty training will give your tyke the encouragement needed when mastering toilet training of both kinds:
The most important tip for potty training is to have patience with your child. Mastering the potty -- and the poopy -- takes time. Once you understand the differences between potty training and poopy training, you can cut down on your frustrations while you help your little one find success when learning to conquer toilet training!
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