Potty Training Tip 3: Don’t Get Mad
When you were learning to ride a bike, did you fall? If someone had been there to yell or show any disappointment do you think you would have been as eager to get right back on? The same concept applies to potty training.
3 things to do when your child has an accident
- Reassure them it’s okay. Don’t allow your child to feel like they did something wrong. This could cause stress and lead to a hesitation to try again.
- Let them help with clean up. If the accident was on the floor hand them a paper towel and have them wipe it up. If the accident was in a bed, help them pull the sheets up and carry them to the laundry room. This may help them understand what you go through with changing and why it’ll be great to not have to do it.
- Never yell or use a loud/angry voice. This could lead to a feeling of inadequacy and hinder the potty training process. If you think you will yell or raise your voice try to say nothing at all until you’ve calmed down. Also keep your face as straight as possible.
Accidents are going to happen, that’s what pull-ups are for. Don’t get angry or upset when your child doesn’t make it to the potty on time. The concept is new to them and they need positive reinforcement, not stern scoldings.