One of the many hats I wear is as a free-lance writer and social networking manager for the Potty Time blog. My responsibilities are to write and edit articles on different approaches and tips for potty training, as well as manage Facebook and Twitter.
As an educator, this has been a particularly interesting journey for me as I have had to explore child development and parenting practices with a whole new perspective.
One of my tasks on Facebook is to engage the community in conversations on potty training philosophies. One member raised this question: “Why do we train our children to go potty? Why don’t we teach them?”
It’s a concept I’ve been mulling over for a while. Here’s the thing; if you set up Google alerts to news stories with the phrase “potty training” or “potty time”, you do get plenty of hits on potty training children, but what you also get is a whole lot of hits on potty training puppies! What can be implied here is training is something we do with animals.
You may be saying to yourself, “Well, that’s not true! You train for a job. You train for a race!” And yes, you do. But isn’t that training usually pretty rigorous? Perhaps even grueling?
In most areas of raising a child, we teach. We teach them to eat solids, to walk, to read… in none of these instances, these wonderful milestones, do we say we are training. Can you imagine, “Oh, I’m training Susie to read. It’s such a chore! I can’t wait until it is over.” We don’t do that! We celebrate all these other milestones. The only milestones we talk about training children in are potty training and sleep training – the two that have the most effect on the adult’s comfort level.
I’ve had the privilege of listening to the creators of Potty Time talk about why they created the program One of their biggest goals was to help families embrace the process, and to take all those times during the day when you are helping a child with their bathroom-related needs an opportunity to celebrate their amazing bodies. With the number of times a child has to “go”, you get so many chances to tell them they are wonderful. And what could be better than that?
So we may always call it “potty training”, but I hope that the process can be fun and positive at the same time. Contact me, and I’ll show you how.
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