Is it time to potty train your little one? Or is it not? As a parent you might face this dilemma, more so when your child puts up a big resistance to potty training and does not co-operate. There is no hard and fast rule so far as potty training is concerned. I myself learnt with my kid, as I tried to correct my mistakes. Talking of mistakes, here are four things that you must not do when you are potty training your kid.
Going for early training
My experience has made me realize that there is no one single age when you can begin potty training your child. Experts also hold the same opinion. In fact, if you ask me about whether there is any perfect approach, I would say no. The general trend shows that girls adjust to potty training earlier than boys, but again there is no perfect thumb rule for that. Do not push your kid if you find that he is not yet ready. I have seen many mothers measuring their child’s progress by comparing to others in the neighborhood which is absolutely wrong. Remember you child will have his own time in getting adapted to potty training.
Rushing the kids during training
When you subject your little ones to potty training, they will learn better with lesser stress. Do not form the mindset that by a particular age or time, your child must complete potty training. If you rush, it will actually bring down the pace of the process, because your child will experience a lot of stress regarding the entire thing.
Scolding your child if he fails
If your child fails to get adjusted to potty training, do not scold him as if he has done some mischief. It will not only be a deterrent to the development of self-esteem in your child, but will also make the procedure lengthy. If kids have the idea that what they are doing is bad, they will never learn quicker. Often, your scolding makes the child think that their potty is something that irritates you a lot, and they will find it very difficult to come out of that fear. In case you become frustrated, stay away from the thing for some moments, and come back when you are able to manage everything calmly.
If your kid refuses to sit on the potty, it simply means that probably the time has not yet come to begin potty training. Again if they are sitting down but not remaining for long, maybe it is not the time for potty or they are not ready. You must not pressurize your kid to sit on the potty, because if you do so, they will simply start abhorring the total experience. Try to turn it into a fun time, and even then if you find they are not staying, allow them to get up and go for another attempt later. Keep in mind that potty training involves gradual development and is not an overnight procedure.