Lesson 2 of 5 - March 04, 2024
In today's lesson, I cover how some parents just don't realize how smart their kids really are.
It's true. Many parents don't potty train because they don't believe their son or daughter really understands what they're trying to tell them.
I get parents that will tell me their child does not understand words yet. Except for a child that is mentally challenged, this is hogwash.
Don't believe for a second your child does not understand. They fully understand everything you are saying.
Since you are getting ready for potty training, chance are your child is at least 12-15 months old. I want you to sit down today and really watch everything your child can do. Just marvel in the level of intellect it takes for them to do the activities they engage in.
By this stage in development your child is even talking. I'm sure by now you've learned their favorite word: NO. Isn't it amazing how confidently they say "NO"?
My son knew how to climb on the table, leap off, and land on his feet without getting hurt. I don't know about you, but to me that shows some serious thinking on his part. I believe if your child can say "no", climb, walk, and run--well, then potty training should be easy.
You just have to let them know that you know.
I have a theory that kids pick up on new things way before they let on that they do. Think about the last new word your son or daughter has spoken. Were you not amazed that they knew that word? Did you not ask, "Where did you learn that?"
They knew the word long before they spoke it. They just didn't have the confidence to say it. What I am alluding to is that children understand potty training way before they show you the signs. Don't lose precious moments by assuming they don't know.
Don't be afraid to start potty training. Your child will understand. In "Potty Training Made Easy, Simple & Fast," I explain (on page 52) what the earliest time is to start potty training for a boy and a girl.
Tomorrow's topic will be: "Inconsistency and How It Can Hurt You."
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