Children are as complex as they are amazing, and as a parent, you get to witness them pass through each and every stage of development - one reason why it’s so rewarding. One of the most important stages of growing up is potty training, and some kids find it harder than others, but the good news is that help is at hand in the form of an online parenting course.
We’ll give you details about how educational professionals and parents can access this online training a little later, but we’ll start by offering up some tips that you might find useful in your potty training efforts - five to be exact! So, let’s dive straight in.
Tip 1 - Introduce the Subject Through Stories
When you’re starting out on the potty-training journey, it can be really helpful to provide parental guidance through stories. There are many books at your local library that talk about the topic and the great thing about them is that they use language that young children understand. Then, when it comes around in real life, they’ll not see it as something completely new.
Tip 2 - Allow Fun Into Proceedings
Another important element to include in your potty parenting plan is fun, as it makes everything less daunting for your toddler. Perhaps use stuffed toys and encourage them to pretend and teach their dolls how to use the potty themselves and always, but always try to use a positive and fun tone of voice that makes them feel like there’s no pressure involved.
Tip 3 - Provide Support Where You Can
While the ultimate goal is to get your child to use the toilet without your help, they are going to need it, to begin with. Positive parenting in this sphere will involve learning how to recognize the way they act when they’re feeling like they need to go to the toilet and taking action when you see these behaviours by perhaps saying, “you need to use the potty?” rather than “what are you doing?”
Tip 4 - Let Them Run Free Where Appropriate
What can also help with potty training is allowing them to run about naked, where it’s appropriate, of course. During warmer weather, it can be good to let them run free in the backyard where accidents won’t matter so much and then with a travel potty outside, they can learn how to do things in their own good time.
Tip 5 - Give Them Space at The Right Time
Our last tip uses a little child psychology, and it’s for use once they’ve had a bit of success. After they’ve started to follow what you’ve taught them and they start to use the potty without asking, it’s time to start taking a more ‘hands-off’ role. Also, if an accident does happen, try not to make a big fuss about it, as it might make them more nervous about it happening again.
Learn All About Raising Children Online
Potty training, like so many parts of raising children, calls for patience, understanding and lots and lots of positivity. And as we mentioned earlier, you don’t have to tackle all these things unprepared, as there are parenting course options available like our Caring For Babies, Toddlers & Children Certificate that can give you the knowledge you need to make this so much easier for you and for them.
If you’d like to know more about this course or any of the online training we offer for both parents and professional educators, you should visit us online at www.onlinecoursesaustralia.edu.au. There you’ll find everything you need to know, as well as details of our flexible payment options and the fact that each hour taken of our courses count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to us directly about enrolment or anything else, just give us a call on 1300 611 404 today, and we’ll do our utmost to assist.