Should I use the big toilet for the one day method?
My daughter is now 19 mos old and has been using the big toilet successfully an average of 5 times per week since age 14 months.
I already bought your CD and book and found them veryuseful.My questions are:
About half the time, when I ask her if she wants to sit on the toiletshe says "no." So I've been leaving it up to her volition so far. I'm a bitafraid that she will feel a power struggle with the one day method.
Thank you so much!
I think that it is great that you want to try the one day method and your questions are very good ones.
The reasons are:
The one day of training takes place in a large area of the house that has a hard surface, such as the kitchen or a wood floor living room. This gives you both plenty of "elbow" room for all the activity associated with training day. Using a small portable potty gives you access to one of these rooms.
Your child will be making lots of practice potty trips to the potty and will learn to undress themselves, sit, dress, and empty the potty. A small potty chair will allow your child to do all of these exercises without risk of falling off a step stool at the big toilet..
As for your second question concerning a power struggle, you are correct in your assessment of the one day method being a possible area of struggle.
The one day method relies on direct instructions giving by the parent and a cooperative toddler following direction.
If you find that your toddler is unable to cooperate, take some time for a couple of weeks and "create" opportunities for her to cooperate.
Implement your family's decided upon consequences for undesirable behavior.
After a couple weeks, re-assess with the readiness signs..
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Thank you so much for the personal and very helpful response.