Child-led potty training

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Child-led potty training

It's important that parents take their cues from their child in the process of potty training. And so from that standpoint, the child is kind of taking a leading role in the process. But I think it's a mistake if parents just sit back passively and allow their child to show all the signs of readiness before the parent really does anything. In those instances, you can end up with a 3 1/2, 4 1/2 child who really doesn't have any interest or desire to use the potty. And so as long as parents are aware of those cues or readiness, the curiosities that their children show, and then make sure that their child is cognitively ready so they've got a way to communicate about the process, then the parent is following the child and the child's simply dictating the pace of the potty training.

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Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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