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Posted by: J | 2012/08/29

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Good day
Is there any do’ s and dont’ s for potty training that can harm a child mentally in the future, I’ ve heard so many things that could influence a child if you don’ t do things right.
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Fortunately, there's no evidence that any of the usual ordinary methods of potty training cause any significant problems for the child - there's probably more harm done to the mom rendered over-anxious by the psychobabblers who invent and preach about such awful problems. Keep to the usual system that works for all the ways one might want to influence a child's behaviours - lots of praise and encouragement when they make ANY step in the right direction, no punishment, but maybe an expression of disappointment when they fail or step back a stage or so, combined with an optimistic encouragement that they will surely be able to do better next time.
Lets see, also, what the experienced mom's on the forum can add.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2012/08/29

Fortunately, there's no evidence that any of the usual ordinary methods of potty training cause any significant problems for the child - there's probably more harm done to the mom rendered over-anxious by the psychobabblers who invent and preach about such awful problems. Keep to the usual system that works for all the ways one might want to influence a child's behaviours - lots of praise and encouragement when they make ANY step in the right direction, no punishment, but maybe an expression of disappointment when they fail or step back a stage or so, combined with an optimistic encouragement that they will surely be able to do better next time.
Lets see, also, what the experienced mom's on the forum can add.

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