Potty training: Your attitude counts!

Remember that potty training is a process. It can take weeks -- or even months -- after your child shows the initial signs of readiness.

Ease into potty training -- and without great expectations. You might find that by purchasing a new potty seat with your child and then sitting it in the bathroom, your little one decides on her own that she wants to give it a try. Children often want to sit down with their clothes on. Encourage your little one as they become familiar with this new "furnishing."

If you do start to get stressed yourself, it's time to take a break for a week or so. Remember that your expectation for your child to "perform" on the potty could result in her feelings of failure or general stress and thwart the sense of pride that comes with successful toilet training.

So, keep a stiff upper lip and remember that there are two secrets to success: Wait until your child is truly ready and then be very patient!

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