Get Used to Life as a Potty Training Parent
What does potty training mean to a parent? It means your little baby is growing up (sniff, sniff!)—and learning to do things all on her own! But in the meantime, don't forget about YOU! Parents deserve a reward for getting this far! So today's challenge is all about YOU, and preparing you for your new life as the parent of a soon-to-be potty-trained kid.
Here are the things that you, as a parent and potty coach should get used to:
- Letting kids make decisions. You don't have to be the Boss of everything! Foster your child's growing sense of independence and confidence, by having your child start making decisions. Just remember to offer a choice: Which of these two shirts do you want to wear? Would you like banana or apple for a snack today? Should we color or play outside now?
- Padded schedules. When your child is still in diapers, it's easier to just get 'em dressed and head out the door (only a massive diaper blowout would stop you in your tracks!). But with a potty trainee on your hands, you now need to allow for extra pit stops and potty breaks to avoid accidents. You don't want to add to your kid's frustration by rushing while you're potty training.
- Letting go. With potty training comes a flurry of mini-battles and frustrations. And most of the arguments just aren't worth the tears! If you need to remind yoursef how to choose your battles, write 'em down then let 'em go!
- Taking breaks. That's right, coach. It's time for YOU to take a break from the stress of potty training. So do something special for YOU! Get a manicure. Go for an ice cream sundae. Read a trashy novel while your kids nap. You DESERVE it!
How's your kid doing with dressing and undressing? Share your answers in the comments below!
For more potty training advice from Teri Crane, check out her potty training tips.
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