Importance Of Toilet Training For Pre-school Toddlers
In this article you will learn about importance of toilet training for pre-school toddlers. For adults going to the washroom is a simple task but when it involves a pre-schooler, it becomes a tedious task for that little one who has to undergo many steps before he is successful in his assigned task. It would be better if we call toilet training as toilet learning; simply because with “training” one simply infers that as a parent you have the ability to teach your children and that the success or failure of the task falls on you. The term “learning” on the other hand recognizes your child’s effort in the process and also takes into account that it usually occurs over time, not at once or immediately.
It does not mean that these children will not master toileting. It simply means that for them it may be a greater challenge and they may need more support from parent to help them to recognize need to do so.
Learning to use the toilet can be called an important developmental milestone for toddlers. Children can be helped with this learning process by encouraging them, letting them know the signs of toilet, imbibing in the toddlers, readiness but the most important is keeping toileting routines as consistent as possible while children learn how to use the toilet.
Each child will follow his or her own time schedule in being ready to use the toilet. The timing of toilet readiness may be affected by the child’s cognitive and social maturity, stresses and changes in the family, or strong pressure to stay dry.
Mastery of toilet training is the ultimate demonstration of children’s independence because they alone have the power to choose to participate. No matter how much parents beg, plead, bribe, or scold, kids will not use the toilet until they are ready and willing. Thus toilet training is a collaborative effort between children and parents and not a unilateral decision on the part of the parents.
To fully master toilet training, children must demonstrate that they can adequately complete all of the steps and skills every time, repeatedly and consistently. As a result, toilet training requires maturity across many developmental (physical, cognitive, and emotional) realms. In other words, children accomplish toilet training across a wide range of ages, just as they achieve other milestones of childhood at different times. Because toilet training is not a quick or simple trick, both parents and children may have to unwearyingly invest considerable time, energy, and practice in the development of the essential skills before the ‘ostentatious goal’ is eventually attained.
Parents’ provision of consistent toileting rituals, expectations and assistance reinforces toileting abilities in a child. Parents should not show aversion, frustration, anger or displeasure when the child is unable to master the same despite the efforts from both the child and the parents. Adults’ strong negative and emotional reactions can discourage young children from continuing to work at developing toileting skills by causing them to feel ashamed of their body processes or abilities.
While making their child adept at toilet skills, the parents can do by motivating their child by praising him/her for his/her effort. They need to have a positive attitude, remain calm and supportive and acknowledge the will of their child to accomplish the so called ‘feat’ successfully.