How I’m Getting My Toddler to Potty Train Herself

I know that right about now you’re probably thinking “that’s not possible”, but I assure you that it is. However, it may not be the solution that works for you, your child, or your circumstances. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the most important thing that my years as an early childhood educator taught me is that every child is different. So, feel free to try exactly what I’m doing, alter some of it, or throw it all out the window. Let’s be honest, no child will be wearing diapers forever, even though it may feel like forever when you are wanting them to be potty trained. I assure you it will happen. I have watched lots of children in their potty training process and it usually goes one of two ways. The first way is that the parent decides its time to potty train based on the age of the child or some other external circumstance. The second way is that the child decides they are ready, whether it be all on their own or by showing signs of readiness and being guided by their parent. I am a firm believer in the second route, it typically means less meltdowns, tears, and accidents. I don’t know about you, but those are the things that I would like to avoid at all costs. We started potty training because Elouise showed signs of readiness, and now she is essentially potty training herself.

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Elouise Turns Two!

We celebrated our sweet girl yesterday with some of our family and closest friends. Since E is only turning 2 she had basically no expectations, we just opened our home, turned on the bubble machine in the backyard, made sure the door to the playroom was wide open, and of course set out lots of food. I vowed that this year would be low key and fun, and I think I sort of accomplished that. So, I’m going to share a whole lot of photos and also a few tips on how to create a stress free toddler party.

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Mrs Seacannon Toddler Tip #1: Teaching Letter Recognition

I’m so excited to be starting a series here on the blog called Toddler Tips. Guys, in no way on the planet am I claiming to be an expert at toddler life because there are days I grab a second cup of coffee and let Elouise watch Elena and the Secret of Avalor for the hundredth time just to stay sane. However, I’ve learned a lot of practical tools and ideas in my years as an early childhood educator, and in order to motivate myself to do them in my own home, I’m going to be sharing them with you. I won’t promise that your child will become a sophisticated, well mannered, baby genius if you try these things, but you will probably have some fun and be pleasantly surprised with what your brilliant toddler can learn.

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