I have been reluctant to write about potty training because I don’t want people to think I think I’m some kind of expert. However, a lot of people seem to have trouble with this issue and ask me how I do it so quickly, so I thought I’d throw my “method” out there. Having just successfully trained little Hogan #6 – she is 2.5 years old – I guess my very ordinary method works OK with both boys and girls.
First, look for signs that your child is interested and ready. Allow him or her to accompany the same sex parent into the bathroom to see how it all works. I always explain everything I’m doing and why. I talk very matter of factly and use the proper words for body parts. Although we don’t use the word “urine” we use “pee.”
Next, we buy a potty chair and put it in the playroom or living room. It becomes just another piece of furniture. Sometimes we sit on it for fun. Sometimes we put dolls on it. Sometimes we don’t even notice it.