As Abel transitions into a Toddler, I have come to realize that I will be needing to Potty Train him soon. Eek!! Thankfully I have some expert tips from Pogo Potty Panda to help me have a general idea of how to encourage and start it off!! Pogo Potty Panda offers a positive look on Potty Training your little and is giving away a free PoGO Potty Panda Training System by Dr. Maria to help potty train your little one! Enter to win on the link provided above !

Potty Training: Building Self-Confidence in Your Toddler

Building confidence and your toddler’s self-esteem is so important when potty training. Giving your little one a boost of positivity will give them the assurance they need to tackle this new milestone. Here are some strategies and tips by Dr. Maria of PoGO Potty Panda, a potty training system, to help boost your child’s self-esteem. While these pointers certainly help with potty training, they go far beyond that to the overall well-being of your mini. A positive and self-assured outlook will help them overcome the many new challenges they face as they continue to reach new developments.

It Starts with You

Be a positive mirror. You are your child’s main source for how they view themselves. If you project positivity, love and self-confidence, you will pass that on to your son or daughter. Show your child an upbeat and cheerful attitude towards the world and any challenges that arise throughout the day. This optimistic outlook will give your child confidence within his or her environment and will provide a model for how he or she should address their own struggles or frustrations. They are always watching and absorbing what’s around them; provide them a model for how to move through their daily challenges (and yes, trying to stack a fourth block on their tower IS a challenge). Having this positive example will allow them to develop a deep confidence when tackling anything new, including potty training.

Play with Your Child

Allow your child to initiate play by choosing a game that they like to play. Not only will this make them feel great that mom or dad likes to play what they like to play but studies have shown that an activity initiated by a child holds their attention longer than one started by a parent.

While playing with your child may simply seem like something to keep them occupied, it actually plays a critical role in their development. Taking the time to play a game with them contributes to their self-worth by making them feel special and communicates to them that they are worth your time. Playing with your child on a daily basis gives them a steady stream of that support and encouragement.

Give Your Undivided Attention

Similar to playing with your child, frequently giving your undivided attention lets your child know that you value them and are interested in what they have to say or do. Eye contact, touch and saying your child’s name lets them know that they are special and meaningful.

Of course life gets in the way and phone calls and an influx of emails can distract you so just make it a point to try to turn all of it off for your ‘undivided time’ with your little one. Even a young child can sense a parent who is distracted so write a list of work items to complete, leave it on your office desk and fully embrace time with your little one. Not only will being fully present in the moment be great for their self-worth but it will allow you to really “see” and experience your child. They really do grow up fast! This is especially important when potty training as your undivided attention is significant in making your child feel secure about this change in the routine

Give a Special Job

Responsibility for a 2 or 3 year old? Yes! Give a small chore that you think they would enjoy like making sure everyone has a cup (make sure to use unbreakable cups) at dinnertime or sweeping the kitchen with a small broom. You could even make a list of chore options for them to choose. Having this job helps children feel useful and needed. Simply giving this responsibility to your little one who has witnessed you doing this same task communicates to them that you trust them and that they are capable. What a powerful message! This self-assurance can carry over to potty training, making them willing to try to tackle another task with your guidance.

There are many ways to help your child feel confident so that he or she can assuredly reach new milestones and developments. Mainly, however, you just want to help your child feel special and loved through projecting a positive attitude and giving your undivided and complete attention. If you consistently do that on a daily basis, you will raise a happy and self-assured child who will tackle anything that comes their way including mastering potty training!

Dr. Maria

PoGO Potty Panda

A potty training system that helps teaching your child to use the potty both FUN and stress-free!

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