Preschools and potty-training readiness

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Preschools and potty-training readiness

There are a lot of preschools that actually won't accept your child if they're not potty trained. And my advice is to really let the child determine when they're ready. So in these instances, I suggest that you talk to the head of the school and explain to them that this is not something you can impose upon your child. It's up to the child to decide. And you would like to work with the school to figure out a scenario that will work best. So maybe it is that your child needs to wear a diaper that's easier to get on or off. Maybe you need to show up at the school once or twice a day to change your child's diaper if that's possible. But I think that you want to choose a school environment where they're going to understand that this is a natural part of child development, and not every child reaches the milestone at the exact same time, and that you still want to be able to put your child in a learning environment and not have to keep them home, while at the same time you want to support your child in letting them develop at their own pace.

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Alanna Levine, MD

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Dr. Alanna Levine is a New York-based pediatrician and a mom of two children.  As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Levine frequently appears on television and in print speaking about breaking medical news and common parenting topics.  Dr. Levine is also a contributor for, on the board of advisors for, and on the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Communications and Media.Dr. Levine sees patients at Orangetown Pediatric Associates in New York and is on staff at Nyack Hospital and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.   She completed her internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital, received her medical degree at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, a master’s degree in medical sciences from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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