The Quick Route to Potty Training

Wait Until Your Child Is Ready

Most parents make the mistake of deciding it is time to start potty training their child after a specific amount of time, instead of watching their child and realizing when they are ready. Here are a few things to watch out for that may indicate your child is ready to learn to use the potty: Can verbally communicate, understands simple commands, knows when he/she needs a new diaper, can start to take off his/her own clothes, can go hours without needing a new diaper. These are the signs that your child is ready to start potty training. Now, you need to find a time that works with your schedule so that you can dedicate the time to start toilet training your child. Also, just a recommendation—spring and summer time is best because they are wearing less layers and wont struggle to take off clothes to use the bathroom.

Show Your Child the Process

Many people will have their child watch them use the potty so that the child can watch and learn. Also, another method is to use a doll that actually wets so that the toddler can see the process of what they are currently doing, wetting or soiling a diaper, and show them what they should do instead, put the doll on the potty.

The Quick Route to Potty Training

Giving the Toilet a Name

You are going to have to choose where they child is going to learn to use the potty. Are you going to get a chair or just an extension for your current toilet? If you are choosing a chair, you are going to want to make sure that your toddler has a say in the chair you pick out. Have them sit on it and see how confortable it is, in their clothes. See how easy it is going to be to clean so that you are prepared and know what you are in for. Also, you should make sure there are no hinges that are going to potentially harm your child. Check to make sure the chair is stable and isn’t going to tilt or flip while your child is using it.

You will also have to decide what you are going to call these bathroom movements. “Pee-pee” and “poo-poo” are commonly used. When you see that your toddler is making movements indicating that they need to go to the body, say “go potty” so that they start associating how they feel with what they need to do.

Once you feel that your child has an understanding, you can upgrade to training pants. These are just like extra padded underwear that are there to help if your child has an accident yet they are not as absorbent as diapers.

Teaching your child to flush and wash hands

One of the biggest scares for kids during the potty training process is flushing the toilet. Once they get comfortable going to the bathroom, then have them start flushing and remind them to wash their hands.

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Reasons Why you Should Let your Child Get Dirty

As parents, we consistently feel the pressure to present a good face.  A clean child, who looks healthy, is very polite, and never screams is the ideal.  Does it ever actually happen?  Maybe every now and then.  But for the most part, kids will get into things, they will get dirty.  They’ll take their shoes off in public, or occasionally throw a tantrum.  We don’t need them to be perfect – no matter how much we may want them to be. Here are a few reasons why letting your child get dirty may be a great thing!

Reasons Why you Should Let your Child Get Dirty

It boosts immune systems

Dirt has germs. When we have access to germs, we have access to health.  Every time our immune system encounters a pathogen, it has a reaction.  When you are consistently exposed to pathogens, your immune system is constantly on alert.  Contrary to what appears correct – constant reaction is healthier!  If your body becomes accustomed to not fighting off pathogens, when it finally does encounter one it won’t know what to do.  It will overreact and you may get much sicker than you would have otherwise. So let your kiddos get into that dirt!

It encourages imagination

If your child can view mud as a wonderful home, or as a delicious pie – they are imagining!  They are creating and learning how to use problem – solving skills to maintain the charade they have set up.  They also increase their ability to keep track of a variety of things while they play.


As children are growing and learning, they need to experience multiple things.  They need to feel new textures, taste new tastes, and see new things.  Without these variety of experiences, kids may grow up becoming overly sensitive. They may have a problem with textures that can make playtime less enjoyable.  They may not know what to do during playtime with other kids.


If you teach your child to fear germs, they will fear them.  If you insist on cleanliness at all times, your child will make a negative association with germs that can last them a lifetime.  Germophobia is a very real thing, and it is becoming more prevalent in our culture as cleanliness is stressed more and more. Instead, try to stress health – teach them how to get dirty responsibly!  Don’t eat the dirt, don’t pick up rusty nails – have fun playing in the dirt though!  Rub it all over your face, squish it in your hands.  Maybe get a little in your mouth accidentally and get a healthy amount under your fingernails.

Go out and enjoy getting dirty!  And then, and only then, come inside and learn how to get nice and clean after a fun day out in the mud.  Teach your kids why getting dirty can be fun, and when it is appropriate to do so – you’ll be helping their health, their mind, and their learning!  Don’t shelter your kids from the dirt – get out there with them and have a wonderful time!

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When Should I Bring my Child to the Dentist?

First time parents are new at everything. Changing diapers, nighttime feedings, baths and everything else is challenging for new parents. However, as time passes new parents begin to feel they are getting the hang of things, and they may sit back and give a sigh of relief. Then teething starts and little teeth start to erupt from those sore, drooling gums. Now your little one has teeth, and you will be asking the next big parenting question. When should I bring my child to the dentist? Let’s look at some information on baby teeth and going to the dentist.

When Should I Bring my Child to the Dentist?

Baby Teeth

Baby teeth are important to babies and toddlers because they help children learn to eat and talk properly. They also hold the space in the mouth and the jaw for the permanent teeth that will show up around six or seven years old. As parents you must learn to take care of those little teeth. This starts your child off with good oral hygiene habits that will follow him all his life. Even before teeth become apparent, it is a good idea to gently clean the gums with a soft, damp cloth a couple of times per day. After the first tooth comes in, purchase a small children’s toothbrush and some “practice toothpaste.” This is toothpaste without fluoride. Do not use fluoride toothpaste until the child can spit out unused paste. Brush your baby or toddler’s teeth at least once a day before bed. One benefit of early oral practices is that your child will be used to cleaning his teeth as he gets older, and it won’t be such a terrifying experience when they do visit a dentist.

Visiting the Dentist

Visiting the dentist can be fun for your young toddler or baby. They have no preconceived notions about the dentist. If you are nervous at dental appointment time, try your best not to convey this to your child. Babies should have their first dental visit around one year of age. Some experts recommend setting up the first appointment as soon as that first tooth arrives. Regardless, by one they should visit the dentist. However, if you notice any discoloration or other problems before the age of one go ahead and set up an appointment immediately. For the first few visits, the dentist will just look at your baby’s teeth and discuss with you proper techniques and expectation for oral health care. They may examine the mouth to assure everything is growing properly. This is really a time for you and your child to build a relationship with the dentist for long term oral health care.

Setting up a relationship with a dentist and learning to care for your baby’s teeth is an important step in assuring a lifetime of good teeth and a winning smile for your child! When I should bring my child to the dentist is the first question to ask after your baby gets teeth.



Values Every Kid Must Learn

Values Every Kid Must Learn


When it comes to kids, there are certain values they should probably learn early on. Knowing which values to teach them right away can be difficult to decide on. You want to do right by your kids and get those values into them as soon as possible. So, which ones matter the most? Well, here are a few of the most important.


Hard Work

This is a classic, but still a staple for any child early on. They want a new game or toy? Have them work for it. Need to replace a broken device? Have them work for it. Obviously, this varies between children and their age. Most of the time you can just have them do extra tasks around the house. For example they make the bed, sweep the floor, or maybe even just remember to wash a dish after they eat. When it comes to an older child like a teenager suggest they do odd jobs around the neighborhood to raise the cash to get what they want. Or, if not, they get half and you pay half for the item they want. This will teach your child the value of what they have, and make them appreciate it more versus just handing it to them.



Kids may have a hard time grasping this one. However, it’s still very important. Knowing how to care about not only other people, but other living things such as pets can play a big part in how they interact with the world later in life. Being able to feel, and express, compassion to someone who truly needs it can play a big role in how they grow up as adults. Not only will it make them a kinder person, but it will help them to be able to interact with other people much easier.



Now, the value of sharing can be a delicate matter. It’s good to make clear right from the start your child is allowed to set some things aside they absolutely do not want to share. For example, maybe it can be a toy they particularly love or a treasured possession they take good care of. Let them know sharing also has many benefits. Not only does it make them feel happy, but it makes the other person happy as well. Sharing will help them to know that an object’s worth is only as great as how much they feel it is. It can also help them to be less greedy and possessive when they become older.


These are valuable values to teach any child. The concept of hard work, sharing, and compassion are good building blocks to start off as. There are others as well that are valuable for any child to learn. Each child is their own human being with their own thoughts and feelings. How one child feels one way another won’t feel the same. Do your best to find out what works best for your child. They may pick up some values faster than others, so adjust your approach accordingly.



What to Do When Your Child Always Says NO!

The growth stage that can try a parent’s patience the most is the one a toddler seems to have the most fun with: The no, no, no’s.

The thing to remember during this time is that it is a stage and, hopefully, not something that continues on into life. Your toddler is starting to push the envelope and become more independent.

In one sense this is exactly what you want your child to do because she is learning to stand up for what she wants … or doesn’t want.

Give Your Toddler a Hand

Not literally, no. We’re not suggesting that you do the thing you want her to do. But think about what you’re asking for and decide how big a deal it is for you.

Is your child rebelling about an outfit you chose for her to wear to pre-school? You want her to wear a dress and she would rather have on leggings? Combine them so that her choices aren’t cast aside or let her wear what she wants to wear.

If safety is an issue, then you must push a bit harder to get her to do what you want in order to keep her safe.


Sometimes getting your toddler to do what you’d like is as simple as explaining why in simple terms without lots of pieces to the puzzle.

Maybe she wants to play a bit longer. Chat with her and acknowledge that’s what she wants to do rather than bath time. Tell her she gets another 10 minutes play for bath time and see how that goes.

The most important part to that scenario is that neither of you lose sight of what you would like your child to do.

Make it a Game

Let’s say you want your child to get ready for bed but she’s saying no. Instead of getting angry, try to turn it into a game. Hide her pajamas and look for them together. This Mommy/Daughter alone time might be just the thing to get her to move along and feel special at the same time.

Turn Negatives into Positives


Think about how many times during a day that you say no to your kid. And, yes, your tone of voice matters. Instead of saying no, try flipping it on its head for a more positive spin.

Give Her Some Control

This tip goes along with the one about letting her wear what she wants to wear. Give her some choices and let her make her own decisions on things that don’t matter that much to you. These small decisions help build confidence in her future decisions.

Positive Reinforcement

Instead of cutting a potential tantrum off at the pass with a cookie or treat, give your toddler positive attention when she behaves well and does as you ask. And the reward is best done as quickly as possible after good behavior.

One of the most important gifts we can give our kids is our time. Make sure to build downtime into your busy day and play with your kid.