March 15, 2020
A person’s a person, no matter how small. – Dr. Seuss
Helping their child learn to use the toilet is one of those things that strikes fear into the hearts of many parents. When do we start? How do we start? What if my child refuses?
One thing parents quickly learn is that nobody can force a child to use the toilet when they don’t want to. This is how potty training sometimes becomes a battle of wills.
Amy Mulvaney, a LifeWays Early Childhood Training graduate from Song Sparrow Playgarden, has written some very sage advice for parents about toilet learning:
“Let’s talk about potty training. I hear so many parents talk about potty training like it’s something THEY have to do. ‘Oh, I’m going to start potty training next month.’ Without even noticing, this type of language suggests pressure on the child to be potty trained. Pressure does not work. In fact, it causes stress and often resistance.