Are you a parent of a toddler? Today’s show is part 2 of a two-episode series about toddlerhood, with toddler expert Megan Pierson of The Potty Shop. In part 1 we discussed toddler behavior, development, discipline, and sleep. In part 2 we continue to discuss the in’s and outs of this time in our children’s lives, but also get to the nitty-gritty on toddler eating and most importantly Potty Training these little humans!
What’s In This Episode:
- Tips for getting your toddler to eat
- Using creativity to get your toddler their servings of fruits and vegetables
- Making dinner time fun
- Family dinners are not always realistic and that’s okay
- Why toddlers throw food and how to deal with it
- The value of giving choices and offering variety
- Make mealtime shorter for your toddler
- Tips for dining out with toddlers
- What lead Megan to start her research into potty training
- The pitfalls of the “cold turkey” method of potty training
- Potty training is very individualized
- Starting positive potty associations between 16 and 18 months
- Modeling that using the bathroom is a normal part of life.
- Physical, emotional, and cognitive signs that your toddler is ready for potty training
- The importance of making sure that life is at a calm stage before beginning potty training
- Expectations for how long potty training will take
- Potty training as an “awake hours” activity vs. expectations for a child being night/nap trained
- The right way to handle potty training accidents
- How to offer rewards, not bribes
- The advantage of fun underwear
- Pitfalls of the “commando” method of potty training
- Regressions in potty training
- Advice for enjoying toddlerhood
Megan is your partner for all potty training needs. She has extensive experience in early childhood education and development and has a passion for assisting children and their families to lead happy and healthy lives. She holds a BA from USC, Teaching Credentials from CSU Long Beach, and a Masters in Special Education from Chapman University. In addition, she is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.
Having spent over 400 days in the hospital with her middle child who was born with a severe heart defect, Megan and her husband learned the true importance of parents being a cohesive team and creating quality sleep and daily patterns for all family members. This has also allowed Megan to fine tune her potty training manual to meet the needs of all children.
After years of research and speaking with doctors and mothers all over the United States, Megan developed the Yes, You Can! Potty Training/Toddler Sleep Manual, a Pediatrician and Urologist backed, complete and easy to follow potty training manual. She teaches sleep, behavior, and potty training classes and also works with individual families.
As potty training is one of the first chances children have to show their independence and take pride in their accomplishments, Megan sees this time as a wonderful bonding period for parents and their children. What makes Megan’s approach different from others is she teaches parents to allow their toddlers to take ownership over potty training in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Once your toddler takes ownership of potty training, the struggle is over.
Megan has helped potty train hundreds of toddlers all over the United States using her potty training manual.
Connect with Megan:
“There are a lot of ways to incorporate food into a positive experience.” – Megan Pierson
“Do role playing with them. Make dinner time fun.” – Megan Pierson
“A lot of times toddlers will sit down and look at their plate and it’s just overwhelming to them.”
– Megan Pierson
“What works for your family right now, let it work.” – Megan Pierson
“Food is just one of those challenging things with toddlers.” – Megan Pierson
“We make toddlers sit too long for dinner. We expect too much out of them for the age that they are.” – Megan Pierson
“Know that 18 months to 2 ½ is a really tough time to go to dinner with kids.” – Megan Pierson
“You really start potty training when it is right for your child and for you.” – Megan Pierson
“Never compare yourself to another mom.” – Megan Pierson
“This is the first time they’re really able to show you a lot of control. They are feeling proud of an accomplishment. Have fun with it.” – Megan Pierson
“The more comfortable your child can be with the toilet, the easier potty training will be.” – Megan Pierson.
“I do not like to start potty training until at least 22 months.” – Megan Pierson
“If your child is holding urine for extended periods of time, stop potty training. That is one of the only times that I will say that we are 100% not ready.” – Megan Pierson
“You have to realize that this is work for them and this is completely new to them.” – Megan Pierson
“Their brain needs sleep much more than it needs to be potty trained.” – Megan Pierson
“You can’t fail when you love something so much. Even if you feel like you’re failing, you’re not.” – Megan Pierson
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