1. Look for signs that they are ready:
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If you are going through this huge milestone in your child's life, mastering potty training with these simple with these 4 easy tips…
1. Look for signs that they are ready:• Starting to say words associated with it such as ‘wee, or potty.’• They notice that they are making a bowel movement or wetting their nappy, by telling you or squatting down.• They are ready to follow easy instructions, such as ‘Pass me the cup.’• They are showing signs of not liking being wet or having a soiled nappy.• They are having extended dry periods in their nappy.• They are showing an interest in the bathroom or older children using the toilet or potty.2. Be prepared:• A portable potty:Keep the potty with you as much as possible, you will never know when you will need it.• Stickers:Make it a positive experience by going sticker crazy by putting them on your child’s clothes each time they attempt do something positive towards potty training.• Introduce the potty:Help to make sure your child knows expected what is expected of them by introducing the potty, reading children’s books and talking about potty training.• Pull up pants or real pants:Pull up pants make it easier for you, but harder for children to notice when they have had an accident. They may be a great idea if you really need them occasionally, yet they can really hinder progress.• Toilet seat and a step:Some children quickly transition from the potty to the toilet or may even prefer it. Using toddler seats and steps to help children onto the toilet is a great way to encourage independence. Little boys often like to use a step to be able to manage the toilet just like dad so give them the choice if you can.3. Be positive and encouraging:Successful potty training is all about making it a positive experience. Praise any attempt from your child, such as pulling up their own pants or sitting on the potty, even if they don’t produce anything.Remember the importance of praising exactly what they have done for example:‘Good girl you sat on the potty.’‘What a good boy, you pulled up your own pants.’Try not to be too over the top that you make them self-conscious. (I know it's very exciting.)4. Set yourself up for success:• Take your child to the potty regularly.Take your child to the potty every hour or so, before events such as going out, and after meal times to help them child become familiar with routines and avoid accidents.• Don’t be too harsh.Accidents will happen and being harsh and making your child feel bad about not getting to the potty on time is not helpful. INSTEAD try to be calm and patient and they will get there in their own time.• Ask for what you want.Asking for what you want means that you are far more likely to get it.‘Sit on the potty.’ Instead of ‘Stop running around the bathroom.’‘Try to get to the potty next time.’ Instead of ‘You have wet your pants that’s very naughty.’Remember:Being judgmental and critical of your child will only make them feel bad, which will make them less cooperative and possibly cause anxiety about potty training.Try and make it fun for your children by making it a positive experience with lots of encouragement.Remember: If at first you don’t succeed, leave it a while and try again another time…it will happen :)Let us know how you get on.....
If you are not making the changes that you want you may be pleased to know that it is not your fault...It's your brains fault.....The brain has two modes.1. Auto Pilot.You see the brain likes to repeat the same old thoughts because it means that it doesn't have to work so hard.So you do the same old thing every day even though you know it's not that helpful or even getting you the results that you wanted.You are choosing to stay on auto pilot because it's easier...2. Manual.When you want to get something done you have to direct your thoughts and tell yourself what to do and remind yourself to do it, like go to the gym, eat right and take care of the children.Why is it so hard to change?The brain has way to much information to take in and way to many choices to consider. Because of this it's way easier to simply eat, say or do the same things that you have always done.Be Careful... You brain will use feelings to make it even harder for you to change...For example: I am too tired, it's too late, too hard, can't be bothered, I don't have enough money, it's not that bad, it's too scary and so on..........When you get a feeling like this, you can quickly become overwhelmed which almost gives you permission not to do the thing you wanted or needed to do in the first place.How to teach your brain to get what you want..Give yourself a big enough WHY..For example: by thinking that there is a wedding coming up, or you want to go on holiday soon, you may just convince your brain to go ahead and make the changes that you wanted, such as loose the weight or make the money because you will feel good.More Good News...It will help with children too.If you want you children to change what they do, such as get off the play station, tidy up their room or do their homework...Give them a good enough positive reason WHY to motive them and to convince their brain that it's a good idea.For example: Come on let's sort this room out so we can sleep better at night and get off to town after.Remember....âââââââAlthough it's not your fault that your brain likes auto pilot mode the best, it is your responsibility to over rode it and get into manual mode.The good news is.. it does get easier the more you train your thoughts what to do.GOOD LUCK and let us know how you get on...
Single parents are a special kind of
From working a full-time job to managing a full-time household, they take on everyday a burden that most parents get to share.
As challenging as that sounds, being a single parent is also extremely rewarding. You get to decide on the rules and disciplinary strategies, without anyone second-guessing your decision-making skills.
When it comes to birthdays and holidays, you get all of the appreciation for getting the best gifts or coming up with the best party ideas.
While the benefits of solo parenting do stack up, they aren’t without their hurdles, roadblocks and stressors.
From maintaining an organized home to managing a busy parenting schedule, being a single parent also requires focus and determination.
Here are a two big questions to answer that will help you navigate the path of single parenthood so you can enjoy the perks more and stress less.
1. How do I keep a good, healthy routine for my kids—and for me?
The most precious commodity a single parent has is time. Whether it is time for yourself, time for your job or time for your kids, there just never seems to be enough of it.
That's why creating a good healthy routine, for both you and your kids, can help you maximize and make the most of every moment in those short 24 hours.
Establish a routine that you can stick to that improve the attitude of your entire household:
Starting everyone off with a regular routine will make your entire day run more smoothly.
From sitting down and having breakfast together to taking the dog for a walk, you can help establish a morning routinethat emphasizes mental and physical health for both you and your kids.
Studies show thatdepression ratescan be higher for both children and parents in a single parent household.
That's why setting a morning routine can help everyone tackle the stressors of the day with a positive attitude.
Night time routines can be especially fun for little ones.
From brushing your teeth together to reading before bed, evening routines can help you teach your children values, self care and responsibility, while also bonding after a long day apart.
2. What can I do to stay more organized?
You’ve got a lot on your plate—from planning that presentation for next week’s board meeting to making it to your child’s big soccer game.
Keeping everyone’s schedules organized so that the day runs smoothly is, honestly, another full-time job.
Here are a few helpful hints for keeping a more organized household, from keeping track of choir practice to making sure those library books are returned on time:
- Hang a family calendar in a highly-trafficked room, like the kitchen or the entryway.
- Be sure all events, due dates, deadlines and tasks are clear, visible and updated.
- Stay super organized by color-coding items by person or category. That way with one glance you know just how your week should go.
- Organize your entryway or mudroom so that everything you and your kids need before heading out the door is organized and right at your fingertips.
- Get hooks to hang backpacks and coats.
- Keep shoes neatly stored and hang a to-do or a reminder list so that the essentials are accessible during the mad rush out the door.
During the toughest moments of a single parent’s life, just remember that you can—and will—do this. It’s important that you have a strong support network, whether it’s a friend to call when you’re stressed to the max or a family member to come by to give you a break.
Making time for yourself, like working out over lunch or joining a colleague for happy hour, is a huge boost to your mental health. If you’re happier, your children will be happier, so be sure to make time for self-care.
Thank you daniel for taking the time to write this great blog.
If would like to contact Daniel can do so using his details below.
Over many years of working with parents who are struggling with different aspects of their child’s behaviour, I came to notice two extremely unexpected parenting problems that are the key to making positive changes.
1. Children’s stress levels are high. (often significantly).
It has become clear that children's stress levels are usually raised and often significantly. Knowing that children who are considered to be difficult, naughty, disruptive or awkward are suffering from such stress levels has been really unexpected and very concerning.
Worst of all, the stress that these children are feeling is often showing up as anger and disguised as the unwanted behaviours parents were battling with.
Unfortunately the way that parents are managing the unwanted behaviour is not getting to the root of the problem and so it is very likely to continue.
2. Parents wellbeing is low (often significantly).
Notably most parents who are struggling with their child’s behaviour are tired from the constant round of battles which leaves them frazzled, feeling out of control and their wellbeing is suffering.
When you combine stressed children and parents whose wellbeing is low it can be very challenging and usually means that parents use negtive parenting techniques that are counter productive, making children feel bad and problems worse.
How to make lasting improvements
As a child behaviour coach the major goals of working with parents is to coach them using positive parenting strategies to urgently reduce children’s stress levels and improve their own wellbeing.
This positive combination improves children’s behaviour, they do better at school, families are mentally healthier, and relationships start to improve.
Much research shows that parent's who confirm their child's emotions are far more likely to be happy and successful in life.
Parent's who take on the role as an emotions coach for their children value negative emotions as an opportunity to help their children to learn and understand how they feel.
Parent's who confirm their child's feelings by empathizing, soothing their child and help them to understand and name their feelings are teaching their child to trust their own feelings. If a child can have the gift of trusting their own feelings they are far more likely to make good choices for their self as they grow up and to get along with others.
Healthy well-functioning families are emotionally aware and supportive of each others feelings.
Be curious about your child's emotions not critical and see how they blossom.