April 27, 2009

6 Essential Steps to Positive Potty Training

Toilet training can be a tumultuous time for both a toddler and his parents. However, it doesn’t have to be. Though it is always a time of transition, it can also sometimes be a wonderful period of learning for both children and their parents. By following these six steps for effective potty training, you can minimize the conflict and maximize results.

6 Steps for Effective Potty Training

1) Communicate: You cannot pile your child high with expectation if they do not understand what it is they are supposed to do. Tell your child what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what you expect them to do and you will find a far more compliant child who is ready to slay the potty training dragons along your side rather than battle you from the beginning.

2) Model: Children are no different from adults, only smaller. Many people learn best by visual rather than auditory instruction. This means you must show them what to do instead of simply telling them. Provide your child with an example to follow and it is likely they will follow it with a smile.

3) Prepare: No one goes camping without a backpack. It is best to prepare yourself for any situation you must embark upon. Toilet training isn’t any different. You must first check for signs of readiness with your child. As long as they meet the basic criteria (listening comprehension, follows direction, and muscle control), then it’s green lights all the way.

4) Start: You will first want to develop a routine and then get down to getting it done. Once you start, don’t stop. You may hit a few bumps, but it is much easier to keep on going than to make a u-turn and have to start down the same road on a different day.

5) Reward: Children, like adults, are often willing to work hard for their rewards. No one knows the currency of their child better than mom or dad. Find out what rewards your child would be most willing to work for and implement a reward system that will keep their motivation high.

6) Repeat: Success is vertical. You must use each victory to climb toward the next. Be consistent and persevere. Soon enough, potty training will be just another fond memory.

Toilet training isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be so tough. Use these six steps to get a good grip on your potty training.

Sean Platt is a dad http://writerdad.com who runs a preschool with his wife, a teacher with over two decades of experience. Their preschool has seen a long string of toddlers learn to use the potty in a developmentally appropriate manner, in no time at all. You can check out their site at http://pottytrainingpower.com for more information.

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April 25, 2009

Anecdotal evidence lesson works

The Boy, who will turn 4 in July, still sleeps in his crib. I’m sure this is against the advice of almost every parenting expert on the planet, but it works for those folks who live in my house. He loves his crib so much that, during a recent time-out where we had chucked him in said crib until he could remember how civilized preschoolers behave, the Boy climbed out of his cage, grabbed a book, and then climbed back in.

This is not how a kid who’s ready to move into a big boy bed acts, right? Given how quickly he is growing, he’ll have to make the change sooner rather than later. But for now, he can keep folding himself into one of his crib’s corners for the night.

The Boy, who in 10 years will hate me for mentioning this, is still working on the whole potty training deal. He gets the idea, mind you, and is willing to play along if you mention stepping up to the porcelain bowl and letting fly. If he is the slightest bit interested in anything else, however, there will probably be a puddle before too much time has passed.

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January 31, 2009

Boy’s Big, Wrapped Birthday Present

This is very cute… and touching…

Gabriel Hurles’ sixth birthday party wasn’t a surprise, but his present sure was. The kindergartner was so engrossed in the cupcakes his mother brought to his class on Wednesday that he didn’t notice the enormous wrapped box off to the side.

“That’s one big, giant present,” a 6-year-old classmate told him. “See what you got, Gabriel.”

Gabriel peeled back the wrapping paper to find the surprise of his young life — his father, an Army mechanic back in Nevada on leave from his second tour in Iraq.

“It’s my dad!” he announced to his classmates at Sutro Elementary School in Dayton, a few miles northeast of Carson City. “Hi, Daddy.”


January 30, 2009

46 Medical Staff, One Woman, 7 Babies

Or was it really 7?

Dr. Harold Henry and his colleagues had followed their patient for 10 weeks, and knew just what to expect. The woman was carrying seven babies. Multiple ultrasounds confirmed it every time: 7 heads, 7 spines and 28 limbs, all packed into a space typically only several centimeters in diameter.

“Each time, we thought we were validating that there were in fact seven babies,” said Dr. Henry, the chief of maternal and fetal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in southern California.

But when the time for delivery came on Monday morning, there was one wrinkle. After the seventh baby was plucked from the womb, an assistant announced that he felt another foot.

“Quit joking,” Dr. Henry shot back.


January 29, 2009

Hyper-parenting and the taste of crow?

The source of my most recent humbling is a pledge made several years ago that I would never hyper-parent my children.

Hyper-parenting, you may recall, is the term coined years ago by a psychiatrist describing parents who over-schedule their children in an attempt to enrich their lives. They drag them from one activity to another, always keeping something on the schedule.

As it turns out, experts say this is bad for both the children and their parents. I frequently belittled those parents and felt quite superior in my parenting skills. I hesitate to go so far as to call myself supercilious, but I was knocking at its door.

Full story: Dad has to eat his words about parenting … again