I have 2 kids who are both (thankfully!) well past potty training years. I also taught a 2 year old preschool class for 4 years. Since everyone wants to potty train their child at the age of 2, I have a lot of experience with teaching young kids how to use the big kid potty! Everyone seems to have their own ideas on potty training a child. Some are militant about beginning at 18 months (or younger!) and others don’t care if their 4 year old is still in diapers. My method fell somewhere in the middle for my own kids and was fairly successful:
The Naked and $75 method of Potty Training
In this method, you let your child go naked all day from the waist down with a potty seat available at all times. You spend a week at home with your child and give them as much as they want to drink. Reward for every successful potty trip (we used M&M’s) and ignore accidents. And at the end of the week, the $75 is to clean the stains out of the carpet. It works! HONEST! Of course, according to the Potty Training Concepts website it is not a method supported by so called ‘experts’. I started both my kids training at the age of 2 and my son was done potty training (except for night time) in 2 weeks. My daughter was potty trained completely in 1 week. So much for expert opinions!
It is important to remain calm and keep your sense of humor when you are potty training. If you get stressed out and yell and make a big deal of the whole thing your child is going to turn that stress into a power struggle. So, I was very laid back about the whole process. Sometimes my kids wanted to put the potty seat in the living room and watch TV on it. That was okay. Hand washing after using the potty became a very elaborate process involving lots of soap and occasionally they actually got their hands clean. That was okay too.
Since the kids had free access to the potty seat at all times, they often found creative things to do with it. Sometimes it was a step stool to reach things they shouldn’t, other times it became a toy to play with. I kept it meticulously clean between uses with a little bit of Clorox spray so I wasn’t overly concerned with them playing with it.
One day, both the potty seat and my daughter had been conspicuously absent and a quiet 2 year old is rarely a good thing! I headed upstairs to see what she was up to and discovered her in the bathroom. She had decided that it was time for her baby doll to learn how to use the big kid potty too. She was just so proud of herself, I had to take a picture to show my husband. Apparently, her baby doll’s favorite book was a Barney book so she brought that in, too.
Potty Training Humor
If you have any funny potty training stories (or any other amusing bathroom tales!), Clorox would love to hear them! The Clorox family of products has recently launched a fun new Web site celebrating one of the most-used but underrated rooms in our homes – the bathroom! TheCloroxLounge.com features amusing anecdotes, contests, exciting give-a-ways, coupons and a little bit of comic relief. The bathroom is a huge part of our day to day lives and often the one place moms go to find a little peace and quiet! The activities in the Clorox Lounge kicked-off with the Last Comic Sitting Competition and Sweepstakes;
Here is a little bit more about the Clorox Lounge and the Last Comic Sitting Competition:
The Clorox Lounge activities kick-off with Last Comic Sitting Competition and Sweepstakes, starting February 27, 2012. Over the course of eight weeks, 10 of the funniest mom and dad comics will go head-to-head in a stand-up throw-down for the chance to sit on the throne and be crowned the Last Comic Sitting. Each week, they’ll face a new challenge and based on consumer voting one will be eliminated. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000. For four weeks, you will have the opportunity to vote and narrow the comics down to the top mom and top dad.
You also have an opportunity to win $10,000 in the Last Comic Sitting Sweepstakes. Simply visit The Clorox Lounge to sign-up and be automatically entered for a chance to win the top prize. You can generate up to two additional entries each day, per day, by logging in and commenting, until April 22, 2012. Fans can also enter for a chance to win cool prize packs. Ten will be given each week, for twelve weeks, until April 22, 2012.
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