How to get your 17month old potty trained.
Laura - posted on 10/23/2010
Potty training can be one of the tougher skills to teach kids because kids learn/pick up the skill in their own sweet time! The first thing I would advise you is "Be prepared to stop and try again later!" I had to stop-and-start 3 or 4 times with my daughter. Pushing the issue can become very frustrating for everyone, especially a child who simply may not be grasping what it is they're supposed to be doing. Wait a few weeks to a month and try the process again. It's amazing how quickly kids develop and grow in that short time, so a short delay may be all you need to allow her to develop enough to finally get the idea. Try again, and if no real progress is made after a week or two, then wait again. Children shouldn't be scolded or punished for not going--remember they may not be physically developed enough to know what to do.
When your daughter seems fo finally "get it", you can use a reward sytem of some sort to positively encourage her to continue with this new behavior. At our house it was a reward of M&M's (I didn't allow my daughter candy, so it was a BIG treat to earn!). Some folks don't like to use food as a reward and that is perfectly fine. You can keep track of her progress with a "star chart" or with stickers that are earned. This can be a good tool to use as it lets her see her progress too! And finally, your best parenting tools to use in this situation will be patience and consistency! Be patient, your daughter WILL eventually get it and be consistent with your expectations and with the methods that you use. Good luck to you!
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