Benefits of elimination communication

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The most obvious benefit is that we have not had to deal with a poopy diaper since he was six-months old, except for occasionally if he's sick or something along those lines. So that is obviously fantastic. And honestly, we haven't had to deal with a lot of pee diapers as he gets older either because he is pretty comfortable with going on the pot and we know we can get at least a few of them out of him every day. So we don't worry about it. We have some place to go, we make sure he goes to the bathroom before we go and we know we don't have to worry about it when we're on the road or anything like that as much. So that's huge. The other one that, honestly, I rolled my eyes at when I heard about EC was everyone said, "Oh, you'll have such great bonding with your baby." And I said, "You know, I can bond with my baby over other things other than poop, thank you very much." But it turns out, honestly, it has been. He's a very mellow, very cool kid. Everybody else comments on it. I just like him 'cause he's mine, but everybody says just how chill he is. And I think it's because you can see that he is understood. He knows that when he tells us something, and he doesn't speak, so when he makes a sign for potty, he knows we're listening. And we'll tell him, "Okay, I'll be with you in a minute," and he'll calm down and he'll stop crying, that kind of thing. So the communication aspect of it honestly did turn out to be a huge benefit even though I sort of thought that was sort of hippie propaganda.

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Megan Hyndman is the mother to two-year-old Finnegan and a newborn, Saoirse. She is a writer, yoga teacher and private tutor and has recently started her own tutoring company, Honors Educational Services.  She and her husband Jason have been married since 2006, and since that time they’ve gone from a couple who thought they never wanted kids to a family of five, if you count the dog – and the 60-lb Rottweiler mix is definitely one of the kids.  The first baby under six months either parent ever saw was their own son, after a home birth, so they had to learn everything from scratch.  As a home birthing, cloth-diapering, infant potty-training, breastfeeding, sort of co-sleeping parent planning to home school, who also vaccinates, circumcises, disciplines, watches TV with Finn way more than she should and works full time, Megan doesn’t really fit into any “Mommy groups” – and that’s okay with her. Megan’s parenting philosophy is the same philosophy she tells her tutoring students: Use What Works for You.  

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