Common Potty Training Mistakes....

For all my dear friends going through potty training! Good Tips!

Many parents make some terribly obvious mistakes when potty training a child. Fortunately, you won't have to make the same mistakes.

From not preparing their child for what's coming, to not preparing their household for the impending event, lack of preparation is the number one thing that impedes parents from successfully getting their child fully trained in a short period of time.

Despite this being the number one hurdle standing in the way of happy families sorting through their toilet training, it is also the easiest to fix.

Simply take the time, maybe a week before you expect to start potty training process, to explain what's happening to your child and let them know not only what is going to happen, but what your expectations of them actually are.

Another big roadblock for many parents is that they have unrealistic expectations. With everything from in-laws to bragging parents and the playgroup, it's easy for parents to feel insecure about their parenting abilities. Don't let this happen to you.

Potty training isn't necessarily easy, but it doesn't have to be hard. When you enter the process with realistic expectations, you multiply your chances for success. By thinking that it can be done in one, two or even three days, you are setting yourself up for failure at the first accident.

And there will be accidents.

Don't let this deter you, it's all part of the process. Remember the same lessons you would want your child to learn: we only fall so that we can learn to stand up.

One mistake that can be difficult to avoid, depending on what's actually happening in your family, is expecting your child to learn to use the potty at a time when there is emotional upheaval in the home.

If you're in the middle of a move, a divorce, extra stress at work, or any oversize difficulty that will unnecessarily add stress, time, and hardship to your intended toilet training, it is best to wait.

There is one thing that can stop the potty training process cold and that is a false start. If you have a toddler who doesn't want to be trained, and you give them the rope to pull that will stop the process, the polar like it was a string that would burst a piƱata!

Avoid the most common mistakes that parents make when potty training and you'll have a healthy, happy, toilet trained toddler in no time!

Nicole T Spencer is a freelance writer whose passion is helping loving parents raise happy children. Get more help with by visiting the Potty Training Power website, which is full of great potty training tips. While you are there, download the free "7 Potty Training Mistakes Most Parents Make" report.

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Erin & Lynda

Do you need to relax? Try this....

I subscribe to this one newsletter called The Ripple - from The WellGrounded Life blog spot and really enjoyed today's topic....Detoxifying your body while relaxing in a steam bath at home!

Excerpt from Newsletter....Enjoy!

I'm here today to share with you why saunas and steam baths have been used for thousands of years to detoxify and keep the body healthy ...and how you can recreate the benefit in your own bathroom.

The use of saunas (dry heat) or steam baths (wet heat) creates sweat intentionally for therapeutic purposes. This "sweat therapy" not only releases toxins from the skin, but also relaxes muscles by easing aches and pains. Releasing toxins via the skin through perspiration is a great idea because it not only supports healthy detox but does so in a way that gives your kidneys and liver a break (your typical detoxifying organs). If you don't have access to your own steam room or sauna, you can benefit from "sweat therapy" in your own bathroom...and you'll add a dash of "calm therapy" while you are at it!

Make a very warm/hot (but of course, not burning) bath, lower the lights, add a candle or quiet music (cords kept safely away from the water) and then add one or more of the following therapeutic agents to the bath: • Epsom salts-Start with 1/4 cup and gradually increase to as much as two to four pounds per bath. • Ginger root-Place half inch slices in boiling water; turn off the heat, and steep for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger, and pour the water into the tub. • Essential oils- Put a couple drops of your favorite (pure) essential oil like geranium, lavender, lemon, grapefruit or pine in the water and breath in the scent. Then just soak away the tension and breath in the calm!

Erin & Lynda