There comes a time in a parent’s life when you just can’t take any more crap . . . literally. That’s when potty training gets creative. Here are seven methods used by real parents worth sharing.
1. The Outdoorsy Type – Why have your child potty train in a claustrophobic, uninspiring room, when he can “express himself” in the great outdoors . . . while coloring, no less?! You’ll figure out the indoor potty thing by the time he goes to school (or he can be a traveling muralist).
2. Everybody Poops, Even Dora – Kids love to make their dolls (and “action figures”) do either what they themselves do or don’t want to do. They’re weird and wonderful that way. Why not use that to your advantage while they’re potty training?
3. Superman Reads The Styles Section – Dress them up as their favorite superhero, hand them a newspaper, and toss them on the pot! Why not? I’m not exactly sure what’s going on here, but who can resist a tiny superhero reading on the potty? Toilet training costumes aren’t a bad idea, though . . .
4. Stickers for Making Stinkies – Positive reinforcement just works. Look at the happy little face of this potty trainee. That’s the face of success!
5. iPood – Don’t be a technology hater. Mobile devices worked for me whenever drained of creative energy or sticker-broke.
6. Potty Picasso – Turn the kid around and give him a crayon! This is just cool. Entertain and eliminate splashing in one go! There’s a small risk your child will be pottying backwards and vandalizing restrooms for the rest of his life; but that’s a small price to pay for an easy-breezy toilet training phase!
7. Authentic Ancient Greek Potty Training Seat – Leave it to the ancient Greeks to master the art of potty training with a seat the kids can’t escape from until the deed is done. Why did they ever discontinue this model?
Potty training can be a trying experience for the whole family. And every child has his or her own timetable, which may run in opposition to your own, just for fun. So, try a few methods to see what works for you and yours. And remember to relax and be patient. The Pamper Posse is notorious for holding out whenever feeling rushed.
Rosemond, J. (2014). Potty training requires some patience from all involved. http://www.thetimesnews.com/lifestyles/lifestyles-home/potty-training-requires-some-patience-from-all-involved-1.332105
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