potty training! a cheat sheet that really works
Dreading the end of the diaper stage?
You don’t have to.
Children express 4 different tendencies when it comes to potty-training—regardless of age or gender. Knowing that can make potty-training easy.
If you’ve ever wondered why some children drag out the diaper stage forever and others train themselves in a day, the list below will give you some insight.
When you identify which Type of child you’re trying to potty-train, try the tips below to make it easier for you both!
The Fun-loving Type 1 Child
These children are naturally more lighthearted and playful.
- Make potty training into a game. The more fun the experience, the more they’ll try.
- Don’t make it a serious, unhappy experience, or they will pull away.
- Show some exuberance. Clap your hands! Be delighted with them when they succeed!
Fun-loving children express a random movement, so they tend to be potty-trained one day and not the next. If you just recognize that this is their movement, you’ll get less frustrated and they’ll be potty-trained faster.
The Sensitive Type 2 Child
These children are more methodical and gentle. They respond best to a comfortable experience.
- Make a plan with them and get all the supplies you need ahead of time.
- Don’t make these kids climb up on the toilet unless they want to – get a child-size potty seat.
- Offer praise that’s more private.
Sensitive children will resist the potty-training experience unless they feel like they had a voice in making a plan. Don’t spring potty-training on them without talking about it first.
The Determined Type 3 Child
These children are less detail-oriented and are all about results. Encourage that!
- Communicate directly about what you expect and what they need to do.
- “You did it,” is a good way to phrase your praise for these children.
- Let them experience potty training as a task that gets a result (like a sticker or a checkmark).
Because they move swiftly through things, Determined children may move swiftly through potty-training (or they might move so swiftly through everything else that they forget to go until it’s too late).
The More Serious Type 4 Child
These children are naturally tidier and more efficient. Lucky you!
- Let them be their own authority and choose between the toilet and a potty seat.
- Explain the process and expectations in matter-of-fact terms.
- Keep the experience private—no potty training talk with friends or at the dinner table!
More Serious children look to adults for models of what they should do, so if you point out that everyone who’s grown up is using the toilet, your child will naturally want to imitate that behavior.
Potty training tips for all Types of children
All 4 Types of children will respond to clear communication. Let them know that you’re excited to help them grow up and use the potty. Let them feel support from you, rather than pressure.
For even more potty training tips (plus help for kids who wet the bed), listen to this recording of The Child Whisperer Show: Potty Training Tips for Different Types of Kids.
Listen in and you’ll find that potty training really can be easy and comfortable for both you and your child!
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