Considering Your Child’s Personality When Potty Training
Your child's personality should be your number one consideration when trying to decide on a method of potty training. If you have a child that loves to explore and gets excited about new experiences, you can usually jump right in. Shy or hesitant children - or those who are resistant to change might require more 'preparatory' time. You could consider reading books or watching videos on the topic for several weeks ahead of time.
You'll also want to consider your toddler's temperament when deciding upon rewards and/or positive reinforcement. The thing that will make one child happy is the one thing that will cause rebellion in another. Clapping and cheering and sticker charts may work for some children, but will be met with a look of boredom from another. Other children respond to 'negative criticism' - being faced with the threat of losing a beloved toy or activity before they'll cooperate. Some children thrive on attention, and others crave privacy.
Taking time to assess your own child's unique personality will ultimately help determine how quickly you are successful when toilet training. Take a moment to pre-evaluate your course of action and you'll soon have a diaper free child!
Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers"
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