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By Brittnie Stoy.

“I don’t know what to think.  The first week he used the potty and now he refuses to use it and wants diapers!”

“She uses the potty at daycare, but at home, she sometimes pees on the floor and then tells me she did.  What’s up with that?”

“I don’t even know how to start potty training!”

If you can relate to any of these, you are in the right place. Let’s face it. Potty training is not always an easy task. The reality is that some children have strong, adverse reactions to this transition.

As you begin to potty train your child, keep these things in mind:

1. While there is no exact potty training age, experts agree that 20 – 30 months is a good time to look for signs of readiness. Some of those signs are that your child can…

  • Follow simple commands
  • Understand and communicate potty words
  • Tell you when they have a wet or soiled diaper

2. Decide when to start potty training based on your own readiness too. Wait until you can commit to being consistently firm, but not aggressive or pushy.

3. Use consistent language when discussing potty training with your young children. Inconsistent language can confuse kids.

4. Look for progress, not perfection. Expect accidents to happen. Avoid scolding your child – it never helps in the long run.

How to Potty Train: New Online Coaching Series

To learn more about how you and your child can navigate potty training together, join our 3-week online coaching series: How to Potty Train.

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This series includes:

  • 3 online group coaching sessions
    • 1 hour long coaching session each week for three weeks. Dates and times based on participant availability.
    • Groups are limited to 3 parents or less.
  • 2018 Membership to Peace at Home Parenting Solutions
    • Membership includes access to ALL our live, online classes and recorded classes in 2018.
  • Ongoing support from JoAnn Robinson, PhD
    • JoAnn is Peace at Home Parenting’s infant & toddler specialist.
    • Parents who work with JoAnn through individual and group coaching are able to create routines that work, strengthen toddler cooperation and find positive ways to be done with diapers!

After this 3-week coaching series, you will be able to:

  • Decide when to start potty training based on readiness cues in toddlers and in parents
  • Recognize appropriate expectations for self-care and toilet use among 2, 3, and 4-year old’s
  • Work with your child “off the potty” for success “on the potty”
  • Apply strategies to re-start potty use if it has become a hot mess
  • Identify and avoid common pitfalls
  • Apply methods of working with night-time dryness
  • Say goodbye to diapers!

For more information or to sign up, visit PeaceAtHomeParenting.com/How-To-Potty-Train.

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