What to Expect When Potty Training Your Child

Once you begin working with your child towards successfully potty-training him or her, it’s important to understand that you will be deprived of a substantial amount of time, and be required to shift your schedule to make yourself more available as a supporting role to his or her development.

Take into consideration the following sacrifices:

  • Be ready to reschedule or move your daily activities, so that you can support your child and potty-training efforts—and ‘damage control’ as needed.
  • If regular, routine fitness is something of your schedule, be willing to move this, or ensure someone else trusted, and close to your child is home and available if you’re going to be out due to it.
  • Should you have a current ‘television’ period after work or school for unwinding, understand that this might easily change or be interrupted.
  • Running errands and household chores might be interrupted, so prepare yourself, and ensure you remain patient at all times with your child.
  • If using the internet is something you do daily, and you’re used to being able to focus on such an activity, prepare for interruptions and be willing to go the extra mile to make sure your child is safe, and effectively following the potty training routine.
  • Those that are used to using the phone in excess on a daily basis should face the reality that potty-training requires significant time and availability, so either learn how to multitask, or give it up for a few days if possible.
  • Your “adult nap-time” may easily be interrupted, so try to gain sleep or rest elsewhere or at a different time if possible.
  • Lastly, if you have an at-home business or bring your work home, understand that such a routine and tasks could easily face interruptions during potty training, so prepare yourself a plan B, C, and D for such an event.

Cute little girl learning how to use the potty

Why must all of these sacrifices be made? Considering how swiftly, 3 days, you are attempting to potty train your child, these sacrifices should seem abysmal, after all in no-time your child will be all the more easier, your child more independent, and time-saved in the long run. Commitment and taking this period and responsibility seriously is of the utmost importance.

Over the next three days, prepare to give up your daily routine, activities, and the things that you perhaps relied on previously for ‘unwinding’, as these few days will be critical in determining whether or not you successfully are able to potty-train your child with this three day method. So step up to the plate, and do what needs to be done as a parent; keeping in mind the reaping of long-term rewards, as well as self-satisfaction, confidence, and independence of your child.

The more time you spend on this project, the more likely it is to be successful. During this three day period, you’ll not only be potty-training your child, but he or she will also in a way be ‘training you’. That is, as you’ll learn the cues, see any difficulties, and be all the more successful as a parent in taking your child to the next level—via potty training.

Potty-training your child is by no means a simple task. However, maintaining your patience is of the utmost importance. That is, as your child is a human-being, and will easily pick up on frustration, anger, or a lack of patience.

In fact, the results will be negative, and if anything, will merely prolong the process and put you back perhaps a few steps further than you and your child already were in the potty-training process. If you manage to keep calm, patient, and respond with love, kind redirection, and support both physically and emotionally, your child will respond the most desirably—positively to the lessons and support!

Remember, getting frustrated or angry is against the rules, and will help you in no shape or form—so if you perhaps feel like this isn’t something you can do, or on your own, perhaps your partner, or at least deeper preparation might be necessary. Accidents should be anticipated as inevitable, this way there will be no surprises for you.

baby potty training in her cute pink potty

Doing this alone can be tough, so if you have a relative or fellow loved-one that is willing to help, even an older sibling, don’t feel shy to request support or try to have him or her contribute to the aiding of development for potty training for your child over the next 3 days.

Most importantly, help them recognize or understand in advance that this requires tremendous patience and attention, so if he or she—no matter how old—require or demand your attention, it’s best you seek support elsewhere.

If bringing someone else into the equation for support is impossible, that’s OK, but ensure you keep your child with you at all times or as frequently as possible so that the two of you can ‘walk this journey’ together. The closer the proximity the better, as this can very well decrease the likelihood of unwanted accidents or an otherwise poor level of communication between you and your little one.

Most importantly, and this has been attempted before, by all means do not attempt to rely on another child for aiding or directly supporting your child in the 3 day potty-training process. Rest assured, little good will come from this, and if anything will only cause frustration, confusion, and discouragement in the long run for both you and or your little one. Try to always keep your child by your side throughout these next few days.

Lastly, remain optimistic, positive, and do not let anything bring you—or your child—down. This can be detrimental to the process, and counterintuitive to your mission at best. Remember, this will all pay off in only a matter of days, so keep pushing hard! (No pun intended)

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