Potty training is a part of parenting that many dread, as it can be messy and exhausting, but once mastered provides huge relief. An interesting article from Healthy Children provided information on the emotional development needed for toilet training. Many parents just assume that by a certain age the child has to be potty trained. It is very important to remember that each child is different, and these emotional indicators can help in easing the toilet training process for you and your child. Observe your child's general behavior and his/her behavior towards potty use, keeping in mind these four aspects:
- Self Mastery- The desire to control one's own functions and environment.
- Resistance- The desire to control physical functions and environment.
- Desire for Approval- Basically your child's desire to get your approval and imitate behavior.
- Social Awareness- Looking at your child's desire to be like others.
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