Empowering Your Toddler’s Potty Training Experience with Susan Wallace

Potty training can be a voyage filled with unpredictable waves of progress and setbacks. This critical developmental milestone often leaves parents searching for the most effective strategies to guide their children toward potty independence. In the latest episode of The Cheeky Rascals Podcast, we delve into this topic with Susan Wallace, a Potty Training Consultant and social worker, who provides expert insights that promise to simplify this journey.

Topics covered in this podcast:

  1. Guidance on Potty Training and Autonomy

  2. Common Causes of Potty Training Regression

  3. The Importance of Child-Based Potty Training

The episode begins with a discussion on the importance of using clear and anatomically correct language when potty training. Susan emphasizes that consistent language is not only key for the potty training process but also plays a crucial role in safeguarding children. She advises that the terms we use should be understandable to the child and uniform across all care environments, including home and nursery, to prevent confusion and facilitate learning.

Another topic addressed in the podcast is the concept of autonomy in young children and how it can be fostered during potty training. Susan highlights the need to respect a child’s choice between sitting and standing, which might seem minor to adults but is a significant decision for a toddler. This respect for the child’s autonomy can prevent power struggles and help the child feel more in control of their body. Creative strategies like using a ping pong ball for aiming are shared, alongside the balance of intrinsic motivation against external rewards, which are key to keeping the child engaged without overwhelming them.

Susan also discusses common causes of toilet training regression, stressing that parents should not compare their children during this time. It’s important to look for signs of readiness and rule out physical issues like constipation or urinary tract infections before addressing any emotional factors that may be causing regressions. Throughout the episode, Susan’s passion for discussing potty training shines through, offering a refreshing perspective on this sometimes daunting task.

Finally, the episode concludes with an exploration of child-based potty training, which considers the individual needs and rhythms of each child. This podcast discusses how environmental factors, consistent communication, and the use of visual aids can support a child’s journey to potty independence. Susan’s expertise in this niche but fascinating topic provides listeners with valuable takeaways that extend beyond the bathroom door.

In conclusion, this podcast episode serves as an essential compass for parents navigating the seas of potty training. With Susan Wallace’s guidance, parents are equipped with the tools for a confident, potty-trained child. As we sail through the developmental tides, we are reminded that the journey to potty independence is not only about mastering a skill but also about understanding and supporting a child’s individual needs.

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Everyone knows that parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world, but not everyone knows that you can listen to the Cheeky Rascals Podcast for tips and tricks on making parenting that little bit easier. We are all up for small wins! Sit back and relax for a few moments as you listen to child development experts from across the UK talk to Cheeky Rascals team member, Chloe, as she asks the questions parents want to know the answers to, whether it is their first child or their fifth!                                                                                                                                         

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