Angie Long

Angie is an experienced freelance writer and mother of two. She has extensive experience working in professional training, including the development and evaluation of training and exam material. She has a background in elementary education. Angie has a 4-year-old who still struggles with potty training, yet her 8-year-old nailed it by two years of age.

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5 Tips for Potty Training a Reluctant Child

Some toddlers are so comfortable with life in their own little worlds that they resist every attempt at potty training. As a result, it’s only natural for parents to get frustrated and feel alone in a world where every other child except theirs seems to be potty trained. Sound familiar? Here are five tips for potty training a reluctant child.

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How to Recognize When it’s Time to Go

As parents, it is easy for us to observe our child’s habits and to recognize certain signs. This is especially true when they have to go to the bathroom. My son used to hate interrupting his activities just to go. So he would wiggle and squirm in desperate attempts to hold it in. No matter how many times I’d ask him if he had to go, he’d flat out deny it until he went dashing to the bathroom and sprayed pee all over the seat. Eventually, I had to take control and make him stop what he was doing so he wouldn’t hold it in.

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5 Common Potty Training Concerns

Every child is unique in the way they go about potty training. Some are more difficult to train than others, which is no fault of the parent. Although each child is different when it comes to learning how to use the toilet, parents tend to share the same roadblocks. Listed here are some of the most common concerns parents experience when potty training.

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Day Care’s Role in the Potty Training Process

When it comes to teaching potty training, everyone who cares for your child needs to be on board. This includes your spouse, babysitters, and day care providers. While it may be difficult to get every person in your child’s life as committed to the process as you are, the good news is that day care providers are typically eager to get your child out of diapers. Daycare’s role in the potty training process can be a huge help to parents, and they may even be more successful than you would be if you tried it alone! Don’t take it personally, though. They’re experts. And, with their expertise comes some tried-and-true tips.

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Signs to Take Your Potty-Training Child to the Doctor

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, most children use the toilet during the day consistently by the time they are three years old. But every child is different, and your child may not be like “most children.” In fact, you may find yourself wondering if your child is on track or if you’re doing something wrong. If your child is having potty-training problems, you may want to put your mind at ease by calling your pediatrician, especially if your child hasn’t mastered daytime potty training by the time they’re four years old.

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5 Potty Training Apps for Kids

Many parents struggle to unplug from their mobile devices long enough to reconnect with the real world and show a little humanity now and then, me included. Although I’m not always the best role model for my kids when it comes to putting my phone down, I’m a firm believer that giving kids too much screen time can adversely affect the way they interact with people in the real world. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids under the age of 2 avoid screen time and limit their usage to just a couple hours per day after that. But parenting isn’t easy, and I think it is only natural for parents to turn to help from technology when potty training gets a little too real

The Dangers of Early Potty Training

There are so many reasons for wanting to potty train your child as early as possible. You want to stop buying diapers; they’re bad for the environment, expensive and gross. You want your child to be ahead of the game. The reasons are a no-brainer. However, the reasons for wanting to potty train your child early seem silly compared to the magnitude of the reasons why you shouldn’t.
According to Dr. Steve Hodges, M.D., of the website BedwettingAndAccidents.com, it is unreasonable to put children under the age of three in a position that makes them fully responsible for their own toileting habits.

Quick Potty Training: Potty Training in One Week

When doing research about how to potty train your child, it’s easy to set yourself up for unrealistic expectations. Parents are quick to offer potty training advice, but sometimes it seems as if they’re boasting about how quick it was for them. Sure, some parents might take only three days to potty train their child. But that doesn’t mean you should expect to, and it certainly doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you or your child if it takes longer.
If you want to establish a more realistic goal, try setting one week as your baseline while realizing that it may take much longer. However long it takes, you’ll be prepared for potty training success if you’re armed with the following tips.

What to Do While Waiting if Your Child Isn’t Ready

Sometimes children simply aren’t ready for potty training, no matter what tactics you try. This can be ridiculously frustrating, especially when other moms chime in on their successes while you struggle. But comparing your kid to everyone else’s won’t help, so don’t even start. Simply put, your child probably just isn’t ready. And there’s nothing wrong with that! But that doesn’t mean you have to completely put potty training on the back-burner. After all, toddlers aren’t ready to get their drivers’ license but they still play with toy cars.

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How to Handle a Potty Training Accident

One of the main questions that parents have when beginning the process of potty training is concerning how to handle accidents. It is good that those questions come up because those who haven’t yet considered what they’ll do when an accident occurs are often caught off guard and unprepared. That predicament can lead to anger, and that is the worst way to respond. Some common questions that parents should consider before even starting potty training include: