Monday, November 14, 2016

TO TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT OR NOT

One tip for toilet training suggested by people is to take a child's word for it when they say they don't need to go to the bathroom. It is said this will help the child become aware of their need. It is argued too many parents mess up toilet training by insisting the child use the bathroom which in turn causes the child to second guess whether he or she needs to go and actually delays independent use of the toilet. Thus, if your child says no, pretend like you're taking their word for it, even if you know they're going to wet their pants in ten minutes.

I can see merit for this way of thinking. However, there are times when you can't afford to deal with wet pants and you must insist on the child using the bathroom, such as if you didn't bring exstra clothes, you're in a situation where it isn't easy to change clothes, or there is something more to the child saying they don't need to go, such as fear of using a public washroom.

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