An insider’s guide to potty training: Installment #4 — Getting your act together

Mental preparation plus a crap station, you’re almost there.

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Be prepared.

You think that you will just wash them, but when your child poops in a pair of underwear, you will quickly realize that the scraping, rinsing, and pre-treating it takes just to get those crappy pants into the washing machine is not worth it.

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Also, be prepared to be frustrated, angry, exhausted, bitter, enraged, and everything in between.

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Plan to experience some raw emotions and know that you are not alone.

Get your team on the same page.

With toddlers, a united front on any issue is always the best approach.

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Make sure that you are presenting a consistent environment that can sustain the routines and actions you are promoting.

If I tell a child that they have to go to the potty and they throw themselves on the floor and kick and scream about it, I pick them up and put them on the potty kicking and screaming.

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It’s not about how they react to doing what they need to do, it’s about them doing it. When you push a toddler through that resistance, they will give up the behavior and get on board.

So get an agreement from all parties involved (even if all parties are you) that everyone will stick with the program. No. Matter. What.

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Writer, musician, toddler wrangler. Author: “How To Be Wise AF”, a 30-day prompted journal-find out more on Amazon. Contact me at e.king.cooks@gmail.com

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