Potty training your child; it seems like an impossible task. I found that I put to much pressure on myself to get my daughter to potty train “on time.” There are oodles of websites and books on how to train your child on the potty. If you try one method and it doesn’t work, try another. There really is no one right way to achieve this task. Here are some tips to help get you started.

There are TONS of ways to potty train:

The internet is full of ideas and tons of “fool-proof” ways to potty train. If you use any search engine, you will be bowled potty trainingover by all the millions of ways to do this. The best suggestion is to do what you think is best. Use the power of the internet, by all means, but definitely use your own discretion to determine what suits you and  your child best.

Every child is different:

Whether you have one or a dozen, each kid will train at different ages and learn different ways. If you have more then one, you will find this out. Just be patient.

Nighttime, Pooping, Peeing – Its a learning curve:

One thing that parents with more then one child forgets is that night-time training is a totally different stage then daytime. It will seem sometimes a bit harder, but it CAN be done!

Rewards do work:

Like in step 2, every child is different. Some kids like stickers, other  work well with charts or candy. You just have to find what your child likes in that regard and it will go along way in potty training.

Don’t Stress:

Sometimes I think that the parents get more stressed out about the process then the kids, (which is completely understandable.) If you put to much pressure on the child, the child likely won’t have a great impression of this process and won’t perform.

Accidents WILL happen:

Total perfection will not happen. Your child will have an accident or two. All you need to do is be prepared. Carry extra clothes in the car and if  you child does have an accident, you are prepared. Go You!

Sometimes they will revert:

Just when you thought you achieved success, your child forgets how to do it. It sometimes happens and yes, it does suck. Sometimes your child will  get sick after you think you fully trained them. They get a flu bug or something and then they decide they want to go back to the beginning and start over. Believe me, its ok. You just start over with patience and remember what you taught them. No biggie, you’re not the only one who has to begin again.

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.