As you begin potty training, your eager-to-please child will need an overview of the big changes that are taking place, but will be eager to try out the new system. Agreeable children will want you to be a part of the process, and their already-trained siblings or cousins can be of great help as well. Your little child will be enthusiastic and will want everyone involved!
Try these potty scripts:
- “I am going to the bathroom because I have to go potty. Want to come with me?”
- “First I pull down my pants and underpants and sit down. Then I relax my tummy [put your hand on your lower abdomen] to let the pee or poop come out.”
- “I take the toilet paper and wipe front to back and drop it into the toilet. Then I do it again and again, to make sure I am all clean.”
- “Once I am done, I flush the toilet and pull my pants back up.”
- “Now I am ready to wash my hands. This is a really important step.”
- “You can do this with your special potty and be just like [name of potty trained sibling, cousin or friend].”
In this game, you say, “Can you do what I do?” as you perform part of your bathroom routine. Then wait and watch as your child does the same movement. To keep the game interactive, your eager-to-please children can say, “I can do what you do,” while mimicking your actions. As your child becomes more advanced, your agreeable children can lead the game, showing that he knows the steps of the process, and you can follow their actions. Praise your kid as they take the initiative in each part of the process.