Potty training age

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Potty training age

One of the things that parents are most concerned about is when to start potty training and whether or not there's really a perfect age to do it. Parents get advice from their parents, from friends, family members, siblings, telling them when they potty trained their child as though it's this badge of honor of parenting. There really isn't a single age. We look at 2 1/2 - 3 as the average time when a child is gonna be independent for potty training for peeing and it's usually a little bit later than that for pooping. So if a child is really young, let's say 18 -24 months, there's lots of things that parents can do to be active and to help stimulate knowledge and readiness for that child, but parents may not fully expect independent potty training. Similarly, if parents are too passive, they can have a 3 1/2, 4, 4 1/2- year old who really shows no interest in that, which really gives parents incentive to kind of get on the ball relatively early without expecting too much too fast.

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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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