Potty training can be a daunting task, but as a parent, just the thought of potty training can be stress inducing, to say the least. The pressure to follow the newest research, to do what your mom once did, and to use the methods that worked for your friends is very real. Often these pressures take away the common sense thoughts we have as parents, and knowing that only you know how to read your child and situation better than anyone.
On a journey to find "the best" potty training method to use simultaneously with our twins, my husband and I found ourselves appalled by some of the methods that were being taught, the expectations that were placed on parents and children and the curriculum of information you must perfect before heading in for your first day!
My husband has spent a decade working in behavioural therapy and the methods they use successfully with their clients for potty training seemed so primitive compared to what was out there in manuals and books. So, after months of trying to figure out what may or may not work, and watching our friends with older kids have great success or repeated failures, we were ready to make the attempt.
Potty training is just as much about preparing your child, as it is about preparing you as a parent for that transition away from the easy security of diapers.
When we decided to potty train our twins it was July, making them 2.5 years old at the time. Our daughter was more than ready and showing great signs of readiness where our son seemed to need a little more time.
Listening to my husband's experience with his clients and from all the stories we had heard, as well as from our own experience, it's true when they say that no two children are ever be the same. What worked for me, may not work so well for you or it may be better for you than it was for me.
This is what we found was lacking in most manuals or "how to" books and blogs about potty training - the wiggle room for diverse kids and diverse situations.
Imagine as an adult, having a life-altering transition process implemented practically overnight with no foresight or preparation?
Whether it's saying goodbye to a security pacifier, a parent going back to work, the addition of a new sibling, or potty training - these are all real transitions that our children endure - and we with them!
We function best with preparation - and that seemed to be the one factor that made our experience a successful one. The actual potty training method we created for our children (the one that we will share with you at the Tackling Potty Training Workshop in Brampton) can be modified to fit your needs. We will guide you to help prepare your child mentally and emotionally - taking this task of potty training from daunting to welcoming.
Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday, July 29th!
Thank you to our guest blogger Martina!
Martina is a Holistic Practitioner and Mama of twins. Martina resides in Oakville, Ontario with her husband Mat and their kiddos, Ava and Luka. On her free time she loves books, movies and baking.
You can follow her on Facebook here: Lavanda Holistic Wellness
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