Refusing to have bowel movements on potty

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Refusing to have bowel movements on potty

Sometimes children refuse to have a bowel movement in the toilet. When this happens, we have to stay very calm. We have to remember that the children can control their bowel movement, and as an adult, we can't control it. We never want to have this be a power struggle. If your child has a fear, allow them to have a bowel movement in the diaper. Also, I recommend a lot of fruit, as well. Feed your child a lot of fruit to have them be more comfortable in the future using the toilet. If your child has the fears, I would recommend putting them on the toilet in their diaper and then letting them put the bowel movement in the diaper. You can also loosen the diaper once they are sitting on the toilet. Once you do that and the bowel movement goes directly into the toilet, the child will see that it can go in the toilet. Have a party and call everyone once your child has succeeded in having one bowel movement in the toilet.

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Carol Bovill is celebrating her ten-year anniversary as Director of the Mann Family Early Childhood Center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.  In 2008, she opened a second school location at the historic site of the main Synagogue built in 1929. The student population for both centers is over 500 students. Carol has been a leading professional in the field of Jewish early childhood education since 1980. Carol holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, both from California State University, Northridge. She is a past president of the Association for Early Jewish Education (AEJE), the former organization of Jewish Nursery School professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Prior to joining Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Carol was the Assistant Executive Director at the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles. She developed curriculum, hired administrators and oversaw the early childhood programs at seven local Jewish Community Centers. Carol was the founding Director of the Conejo Valley Jewish Community Center for Early Childhood and Family Education.  Before working for the Jewish Community Centers, Carol was the Assistant Director at Valley Beth Shalom Nursery School. Carol started her career teaching Nursery School for children ages two to five and facilitating parenting classes.

Carol lives in Century City with her husband Dan of 33 years. Carol and Dan enjoy power walking, exercising, traveling, reading, and entertaining friends and family. Their daughter, Melissa 29, is a Director of Talent for Nickelodeon. Their son, Jeremy 26, manages an on-line provider of pet medications.  

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