Toilet Teaching Tips

The pamphlet "Toilet Teaching Without Tears: From Wet To Dry" has a variety of tips, cues, and common difficulties you'll incur while achieving this milestone with your little one.  We did a post like this from Summer's Perspective, Potty Training Tips, which focused on the early child care environment.  The pamphlet focuses on the parent's bout with toilet teaching.

One of the tips in the pamphlet, and a common theme I see in most ideas regarding toilet teaching is to make sure you wait until your child is showing signs that he or she is ready, don't simply decide you should start because it is "age appropriate." (Toilet Teaching Without Tears: From Wet to Dry, 2001/2010)

Is your child ready?  The signs are listed such as "can understand and follow simple directions" or "expresses an interest in using the toilet."  Click here for the pamphlet and get the full list. (Toilet Teaching Without Tears: From Wet to Dry, 2001/2010)

Common Difficulties? "Treat accidents with a casual, matter-of-fact manner" or "Regressions such as imitating baby talk and actions are normal."  Click here for thepamphlet and get the details. (Toilet Teaching Without Tears: From Wet to Dry, 2001/2010)

Tips for success, how to talk to your child about toilet training and formal teaching is also included!

Some additional resources suggested by the Children's Home Society of California 

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