Potty Training

Continuing with my being contrary to much conventional parenting philosophy, it shouldn’t surprise you that I have a different take on potty training. Bottom line, no kid is going to go to kindergarten in diapers. Kids ARE going to give up diapers. If you view it as a personal accomplishment that you’re able to have your toddler trained by two, then I guess you’ll be celebrating. But you might also instill angst and stress in your child that could surface in later years. Or they could develop issues about sitting on the potty, or with the “elimination” process in general. It’s not uncommon for toddlers or preschoolers who are in the training process to start withholding poop and getting severely constipated. The thinking is that since they are apprehensive about going on the potty, they choose to hold it. And that’s a cycle you want to avoid!

 Our approach was to let our kids guide the process. When they showed interest in wearing underwear and trying the potty, we gave them opportunities. We asked how they felt about it. Yes, our kids were potty trained later than many kids (age 4). However they each actually decided to wear underwear one day and go only on the potty, and they never had an accident. We kept pull-ups for nighttime for a bit, until they continued to be dry in the morning. It was truly an easy process, once we stopped stressing about what other people thought.

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