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The ABCs of Potty Training: What Child's Teacher Wants YOU to Know...

Congratulations, you’ve unlocked a new level in parenting - the ever important potty training. This is a huge milestone in a child's development (and your journey as parents - goodbye diapers!) , and when it comes to managing this transition at school, collaboration between you and your child’s teacher is key. As educators, we understand the challenges and triumphs that come with potty training, and we want to share some insights with you to make this journey smoother for everyone involved.



Communication is Crucial


Effective communication between parents and teachers is essential when it comes to potty training. Teachers appreciate being kept in the loop about any progress or setbacks your child experiences at home. Likewise, if there are specific routines or methods that work well for your child, sharing this information can be invaluable for the teacher in maintaining consistency.


Consistency is Key


Consistency is vital in any aspect of a child's development, and potty training is no exception. When parents and teachers align on the approach to potty training, it helps create a seamless experience for the child. Establishing a consistent routine, including regular bathroom breaks, can contribute significantly to the success of potty training both at home and in the school environment.


Independence and Autonomy


Encouraging independence in potty training is a shared goal for parents and teachers alike. Teachers appreciate it when children are encouraged to take the initiative when it comes to using the bathroom. This includes teaching them how to manage clothing, wash hands independently, and communicate their needs effectively. Fostering autonomy in this area contributes to a positive and empowering experience for the child.


Dressing for Success


Choosing the right clothing for your child can have a significant impact on the ease of potty training. Teachers appreciate it when parents dress their children in clothing that is easy to manage, allowing for quick and uncomplicated bathroom breaks. Elastic-waisted pants, simple closures, and shoes that are easy to remove contribute to a smoother potty training process at school. Be sure to have plenty of extra clothing for your child in case of accidents - shirts, pants, underwear, socks and shoes.




Encouraging Positive Reinforcement


Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool in potty training. Teachers appreciate it when parents provide encouragement and praise for their child's efforts, both at home and at school. This positive reinforcement can be as simple as celebrating small victories, offering verbal praise, or using a reward system that is consistent between home and school.


By working together, parents and teachers can create a supportive and positive environment for your child as they navigate this important time in their lives. With a shared understanding and approach, we can ensure that potty training becomes a smooth and empowering experience for everyone involved.


We got this!


-Christine


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