Potty Training a Stubborn Toddler

My parents love to tell the story of when they were potty training me as a child. For an entire year, from age two to three, I flat out refused to use the toilet. It wasn’t that I didn’t know how to, it was the fact that I was being instructed to go to the bathroom against my own will. I was, and I will admit, still am a control freak. The very day I turned three I made the proclamation I was going to start using the potty. All of the time my parents invested in potty training me for a year was resolved in a matter of moments when a control freak toddler decided that she was ready.

Mom and dad, I’m sorry…

Now, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, karma comes full circle. My oldest, my two and half year old, is a certified control freak like his mom. Using the potty is a control issue for him as well.

For a while my son would lose his mind when we would suggest the use of potty. You would have thought his dad and I, his teachers, my parents, etc. were trying to murder him. We collectively felt defeated in our efforts.

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You want me to do what?

After countless months working with my son, we had a breakthrough. We successfully broke my toddler of his control issues pertaining to using the bathroom! We used the process I like to call PIE to achieve our potty training goals.

P is for patience – This part is mostly for the trainer not the trainee. When you get frustrated and your little one chimes in on the frustration they start to feel discouraged and that my friends is the last thing you want to do. Patience will take you very far in the potty training game.

I is for incentives – This is a very polarized issue when it comes to potty training. Listen, my son knows what’s up; he’s no fool. We created a potty treat box that we placed on the counter in front of my son’s potty. The box contains small dinosaurs (his current obsession), stickers (dinosaurs of course), and Dum Dum lollipops (“pops” as they’ve been deemed by my son). He intensely stared at that box while going to the potty. The idea of getting a prize motivated him to use the restroom. After about a week of taking from the potty treat box, he became bored and no longer requires a treat to use the bathroom. He now goes with no demands.

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E is for encouragement – We make sure our toddler feels proud of using the bathroom successfully. He really responds to praise. There are lots of high-fives passed around. It melts my heart when he runs into the room screaming with a smile on his face “I PEEEEEED!!!” When he has an accident (which are few and far between) we tell him it’s OK and that he’ll make it to the potty next time and to let mommy and daddy know when he needs to go. Encouragement is key!

I’m not claiming this is the answer to potty training your stubborn toddler, but I will say we found success by following these steps! What are your potty training recommendations?

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Toddler Time – Dinosaurs A to Z

I don’t know about your kid, but my child is obsessed with dinosaurs. He has a stuffed dino companion (also known as Anton) that he takes with him everywhere. When you mention the word dinosaur he starts to roar saying “dinooooosaur, rooooooar!” (there is quite a bit of over dramatization). I can’t supply enough dinosaur stuff in my house to maintain my son’s dino fix.

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DK Publishing has come out with the perfect book for anyone who loves dinosaurs, Dinosaur A to Z. American Museum of Natural History educator, Dustin Growick, has created THE “visual dictionary for little dinosaur enthusiasts” and may I add, for the parents of the soon-to-be archeologists as well. I can’t get enough of it myself.

Dinosaurs A to Z

The bright and colorful pages within this large hardback book come alive with specially commissioned CGI images. The drawings are so gorgeous that I like to keep it out as a coffee table book. It’s such a beautiful and educational piece of literature. Dinosaurs that I never even knew existed pop out of the page. Have you heard of an Argentinosaurus? Me either!

With more than 150 dinosaurs listed, you guessed it, from A to Z, you are bound to learn something new. Each dino is a categorized from size, diet, environment, and even attitude. My son can point to each dinosaur and tell me if it’s “a bad guy” or a “good guy” (as he likes to define them).

Dinosaurs A to Z is an easy and fun way to make bedtime an educational adventure. Don’t you want your kid to feel like an explorer?

We are in love with this book! You can get your copy starting in October or you can pre-order it today by following this link >> https://www.dk.com/us/9781465463142-dinosaur-a-to-z/ <<

ROOOOOOOAR!!!

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Toddler Capsule Wardrobe for Season Change

The feeling of fall has recently made its appearance, at least in North Carolina, which means the changing of my kid’s wardrobe is essential. I love the crisp fall air, the autumnal smells, apple cider, and the warmth of a bonfire, but it sure does stress me out. The reorganization has to happen, but it’s easier said than done.

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When you’re in moments of transition between seasons, the weather can be unpredictable. Not only are you equipping your kids with clothes for every situation, you are also giving yourself a moment to deeply assess their ever-changing and ever-growing wardrobe.

Here is my toddler’s capsule wardrobe for season change check list:

10-12 t-shirts
4 long sleeve shirts
2 pairs of jeans
2 pairs of long pants (khaki, dress, etc.)
4-6 pairs of shorts
4 pairs of pajamas (2 short sleeve; 2 long sleeve)
8 pairs of socks (you could probably get away with less, but my kid has sweaty feet)
1 pair of sneakers
1 pair of dress shoes
1 pair of sandals
1 light-weight jacket
1 sweatshirt
1 heavy jacket

Of course if you have a daughter, you’ll want to adjust this checklist to reflect her needs, but it’s a matter of an easy substitution. Change out the additional long pants for dresses and add some leggings. Her closest will be all set!

If you want to feel really adventurous, you can take the same steps with your wardrobe. I’ve already started the process and I have a feeling it’s going to take me a little while.

What are your tips for seasonal change? How would you adjust the wardrobe checklist? Let me know in the comments.