Potty training tips:
There was a time when educators wanted to believe there is no difference between boys and girls. After research and common sense it is undeniable that boys and girls are very different. These diffences should be embraced as parents exspectations should be adjusted considering gender.
Potty training is an excellent example. Typically around a child's second birthday everyone tires of diapers. The introduction to the potty should start as soon as a child is a solid upright walker.
Changing should no longer occur in the child's bedroom on a changing table but rather in the bathroom next to the toilet.
Children should take an active role in the activity, pulling off and throwing away wet diapers. Flush solids down the toilet on their own.
Even "solid filled" diapers can be changed standing up. The point is to make the connection between this experience and the toilet. Once the changing experience becomes a non passive but practical function, most children will show interest in independence. Most girl children, that is.
This is where the difference starts. Girls tend to be self aware, take personal comfort, like a wet diaper, into consideration and desire to make themselves comfortable. Learning physical cues, full bladder etc become important, even a mission. Girls typically have interest and success in using the potty earlier than boys.
Boys are typically active and simply do not seem to want the bother of slowing down, reading their physical cues, going into a bathroom, pulling their pants down... It's all so much work when the discomfort of a wet diaper is outweighed by the dump truck in the sandbox.
Do change children standing up by the toilet. The more matter of fact about the process the better.
Don't create a power struggle if your child has no interest in moving into underwear before 2 1/2. Do not push the issue.
Do offer atractive underwear options. Fashion works as an incentive for both boys and girls. Take them shopping and let them choose.
Don't call a wet pair of pants an accident. This is too powerful. Implies it could have been avoided. Boys especially need more time. Girls care very much about pleasing and can start a life long pattern of self confidence issues if they think they failed
Do help by modeling. Say things like, "I can feel my bladders full, I better use the potty."
Do take extra time if your child needs it. Know your child. If he is not interested take a weekend at home, put him in superhero underwear, give him all the juice he wants and help him identify his physical needs. It is an excellent way to help boys avoid the life long patteren of ignoring their inner voice, even in regard to pain.
Don't use disposable underwear. These are too absorbant and the child, especially boys, will learn they can wet it without much discomfort.
Don't rush the night diaper off. Controling ones bladder during is a different experence. Many children simply can't, some easily do. Rule of thumb is after 3 nights of a dry diaper the body has trained itself.
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