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2.15.2012

How To Potty Train After A Divorce

Going through a divorce is very stressful as parents, as well as for the children too. If you have begun potty training and the divorce has happened or you were just getting ready to start potty training and the divorce occurred, you can still have your child potty trained. Though it is stressful, you can still potty train your child in two households. If you have started the potty training process and your child seems to be regressing from it, than it is okay to take a break for awhile until things have calmed down. They are very stressed too with the new home and change in parenting. This can make it harder for them to know when they need to use the potty and they may not want to at this time since they are upset. You can put the potty training on hold for a bit and let your child know that it is only temporary and once things settle down and the routine is formed, that they will begin potty training again. This many times can be the best solution, since they will not be focused on potty training and they are having to learn a completely new schedule, home and more at this time too. Stopping for a week or more is okay and your child can wear a diaper again at this time too. But again, let your child know that that this is only temporary and that they will be going back to wearing potty training pants again when you start the process again. Once this time period has passed or you are ready and your child is ready to start potty training, there are some things you will want to do so that the process is smooth and enjoyable at both households. Make sure that both homes have potty chairs and potty step stools in them. They do not necessarily have to be identical, but if they can, this will make your child feel more comfortable being in the new home, as well as the current home. Make sure that there are the same bathroom decals used or potty calendar that is used too. Both homes should be set up the same for potty training, so that there is consistency with the learning and so your child always feels safe and secure in both bathrooms. Keep the schedule with your child exactly the same at both homes too. When they go and how they go should be the same so that there is never any confusion that they have over what is happening. Diapers can not be used at one home and not at the other. Both homes have to have no diapers in them and your child should only be using training pants instead. They can have on waterproof covers over them too, but there can not be diapers being used at all any longer once the potty training process starts. Keeping potty items, schedules and behaviors the same in both locations will ensure that your child is potty trained successfully and has an enjoyable experience too.

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