Image found on Flickr Toilet Training is something every parent has to go through. The baby and toddler years are full of firsts, and learning to use the toilet is an important milestone in every child (and parents!) life. Some kids will take to using a Potty or a toilet like ducks to water. Other children will take a little more time and patience to hit this stage in their development. There are lots of different approaches you can try, and there is no magic formula that works for every child. Don’t believe the hype Parenting doesn’t come with a manual, and you may find what works with one child has no effect with another. Don’t believe everything you hear from other parents either, that’s a sure-fire way to feel inadequate. Like most developmental “firsts” many moms and dads often exaggerate their little darling’s achievements. There’s always someone who has had fifteen children who were all potty trained by the time they were one! They’re usually the same people whose children are all perfect and were playing concert grade piano by the age of three. Allegedly. Take all those tales with a pinch of salt. Do whatever feels right for you and your child. Take advice, sure, but don’t do anything that you’re not 100% happy to do. Let Your Child Lead the Way I am an advocate for Attachment Parenting. AP’s approaches to toilet training are typically child-led. Gentle encouragement, and talking to your child are recommended. Make […]
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