Clorox bleach did an advertisement about a bleachable moment. Every time I see this ad, I smile. It reminds me of a tip that Jackie and I included in our book, Dear Daycare Parent: The Must Have Guide To Daycare For Working Parents. The commercial is about a little boy who has to go to the bathroom; but he has a belt on that he can’t get off. He’s getting desperate and finally hollers out, “Mom, we have a situation!” (See the video here) https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7aVO/clorox-bleach-bleachable-moments-belt-buckle#
In our book, we have a tip titled, “Dress for Success”. When children are in the process of toilet training, you need to be mindful of what you are dressing them in. It is no secret that young children will wait until the last minute to go to the bathroom, or they will “do the dance” when they quickly realize that they have to go. So, T-shirts that snap in the crotch, overalls, suspenders, belts, tights, or thermal under wear do not help children in becoming independent. Young children want to be more self-sufficient, so when it comes to dressing your child, remember “easy on and easy off” is best!
There is one more important tip we would like to mention here about toilet training. It’s a pretty big milestone in a little one’s life and can take a lot of time and ah yes patience. It is best to start this process at home! A long weekend would be ideal. Sending your toddler in to school one day proclaiming, “Hey, he’s wearing underwear for the first time today…yahooo!” This is not a good idea! They need a quieter time at home with one on one attention. Think about how stressful it would be to try to learn this for the first time in an environment that is full of activity and lots of other children the same age. It’s a no win for both child and staff. Once your child has been introduced to this new expectation at home, THEN speak with the teachers about continuing it at school.