Learning Center - Potty Training - Tips for Resistant Children
Potty training a stubborn child can turn into a power struggle at times. Remember to stay calm and praise good choices in other areas. Excitement from good feedback can overflow to other parts of his or her life.
Talk up the fun things that potty trained kids get to do. They have more privileges because they are more grown up.
Patience and time are key when beginning the potty training process with a stubborn child.
Delays and setbacks are common when potty training any child. Remember to laugh more, frown less.
A potty watch can take you out of the reminder loop. The watch can vibrate and do the reminding without mom or dad saying a word. Reward going potty when “your watch reminds you to do that”. Refrain from putting in additional verbal reminders if you start using a potty watch. These are especially helpful in situations where children are too busy playing to stop and use the bathroom.
Don’t nag or scold. Handle accidents very matter-of-factly. Negative reinforcement is powerful in children who are using toileting as a way of getting attention.
If child is strongly resisting, stop for a few weeks and try again.
If he or she only has accidents at home or at school, find out what the difference may be and talk to the teacher about changing some things.
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