- Don’t be owned by a clique
- Don’t be reliant on other kids for your happiness
- Learn to say no in the face of opposition
- Acting confident is the first step to feeling confident
- Take control of friendships and set clear boundaries and limits.
- Talk, talk, talk about bullying. Encourage confrontation and “out” the bully.
The more I talk to parents, the more stories I hear that are polar opposites when it comes to toilet training their children. Some parents say that girls are easier than boys in regards to training, and some may say the opposite. For me, having two girls (one of which is only 6 months old), toilet training for my eldest (Diva-J) was not that difficult. The hardest part though is the point at the end of the training, the point where you truly can Ditch the Diapers.
Diva-J has gotten to the point now when she is fine throughout the day and has not accidents, but during naps or overnight, the diapers reappear because she does not wake herself up to go and use the bathroom when needed. In thinking about this, some have said, “force the issue and get rid of the diapers.” Maybe it’s just me, but J-Mom and I are not ready to have to deal with laundry every night (even if it only takes a few days).
Many parenting books, on the other hand, state that your child will tell you when they are ready to go diaper free and that we, as parents, should just let nature take its course. Has this been true for you? A little while back there was a news story on MSNBC (Below) about parents that are teaching their children to be potty trained below the age of one. This to me seems to be a bit above and beyond what a child can physically handle (even though these parents swore by the early training). What about the potential for slammed fingers from the toilet lid?
So seeing that I am a bit past the whole infant potty training (and am not going to do this with my infant), I now am working hard to help my eldest to get rid of her diapers, though I know that developmentally she may or may not be ready to do this.
For those of you that are just starting the whole potty training there are many resources that you can turn to including:
So my question for you today –
How did you get your child to get beyond their dependency on diapers?
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I was awarded this morning with a Brillante Weblog Award from Barb over at Half Past Kissing Time.
She said some very nice words abount me that I hope to comtinue to live up to”
Dad of Divas writes an engaging blog, filled with daddy observations, thoughts on parenting, and just a general positive attitude. DoD is a very nice guy who is always willing to help other people and gives Daddy blogging a good name 🙂
So, here are the rules: Put the logo on your blog. Put a link to me (who awarded it to you) on your blog also. You need to nominate 7 other bloggers for the award and put links to them also on your blog. Finally, leave a comment for those you’ve nominated – so they know they’ve received a special award.
So let’s see…there have been a number of blogs that I have been impressed with lately… let me share some with you.
1) Discovering Dad – Jeremy does a wonderful job at getting Dads (and Moms) thinking about some important issues regarding being a Dad in today’s society. Not only is his content good, he also has a BIG heart and is truly committed as a father and husband, and definitely a role model of good parenting. He also is competing right now in the blogging idol contest… I would recommend everyone to follow this blog and subscribe!
2) Daddy Brain – Joey is a professional writer and his posts show it. I am always challenged and compelled by his writing. He not only makes you understand where he is coming from as a father himself, but also makes you think personally about how you also cam become a better parent all-together! I also have to give him kudos for the radio interview that he did yesterday on Wisconsin Public Radio, he did a great job representing himself and all dads!
3) Summers Nook – Summer is one of the Mom Blog I frequent. Summer not only writes compelling and personal posts, but she also does some great web design on the side (As is evidenced through my own site – Thanks Summer)!
4) Mama Nuggle – This is new blog that Lori (Jeremy from Discovering Dad’s Wife) writes. I have been very impressed with the quality and extensiveness of her writing. A good example of this was her post from yesterday that you can tell she spent a lot of time researching and working on. All of the posts that she has had so far shows such pride and quality. Check this blog out!
5) 21st Century Dad – Elliott over at 21st Century Dad does a great job at sharing his personal journey of being a father. Yesterday to me he made a comment to me that… “I started my blog to teach. I’ve ended up doing a lot more learning.” I believe that this is the feeling that most of us as bloggers end up feeling.
6) Building Camelot – Tyler over at Building Camelot also does a great job at speaking about being both a Dad and father. His blog shares, not only personal information as well factual and fun information about being a man.
7) Mom of 3 Girls – Deb is one of the reasons that I started being a blogger. As I followed the growth of her girls and her journey as a mom, she has shown me some great things about being a parent as well as taught me some great things about being a good blogger.
8) Music Mom of 2 – Kristi is another person I attribute to getting me started in blogging. Watching her develop as a blogger as well as following the growth of her boys and journey as a parent has been wonderful!