Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Potty Training Tuesday #14

Potty Training and Self Help Skills

Potty training time is a wonderful opportunity to work on some self help skills with your toddler.

Part of the reason you want to potty train your child is to give them more independence, so, from the beginning, you should start having our child try to do as much as possible on their own.

Have your child pull up and down their own pants.  In the beginning, they probably won't be able to get them anywhere close to all the way up.  Start by having them try and you helping as soon as they've put the effort into an attempt.  As with all new learning opportunities, give lots of encouragement and praise for success.

If your child has an accident and needs to be changed, have them try to take off the wet clothes as well as try to put on the clean clothes.

With consistent encouragement and opportunities to practice these skills, not only will your child be potty trained in the end but also able to dress him or her self.

Stay tuned for more tips, tricks and advice every Tuesday!  And please do share your own experiences!  I am always looking for ways to make potty training easier for myself, not only at work, but also at home as I will soon be jumping in head first to potty train Liam!

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