I can tell by watching that my child is wetting or filling
My toddler's diaper needs to be changed:
a. Frequently, every hour or two.
b. It varies.
c. Every two to three hours--sometimes less frequently.
My child understands the meaning of wet, dry, clean, wash,
sit, and go:
b. Some of them.
When my child communicates her needs, she:
a. Says or signs a few basic words and I guess the rest.
b. Gets her essential points across to me.
c. Has a good vocabulary and talks to me in sentences.
If I give my child a simple direction, such as, "put
this in the toy box," she:
a. Doesn't understand or doesn't follow directions.
b. Will do it if I coach or help her.
c. Understands me and does it.
My child can take his pants off and put them on:
b. With help he can.
7. When I read a book to my child, he:
a. He ignores me.
b. Sometimes listens, sometimes wanders off.
c. Sits, listens and enjoys the story.
My toddler wants to do things “all by myself”:
c. All the time!
I think that it's the right time to begin potty training:
b. I'm undecided.
the number of responses for each letter:
answers are a: Wait.
Your little one doesn't seem to be ready just yet. Test again
in a month or two.
answers are b: Time for pre-potty training--get ready!
Your child is not quite ready for active training, but you
can take many steps to prepare your toddler for the future.
Gradual introduction of terms and ideas will make potty training
easier when the time comes.
answers are c: Your toddler is ready to use the potty!
It's time to start your potty training adventure. Good luck,
and have fun!
you between two scores?
Just like any parenting situation, there are choices to make.
If your child is hovering between two categories, it's time
to put your intuition to good use. Your knowledge of your
own child can direct you toward the right plan of action.
is an excerpt from The
No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child
Say Good-Bye to Diapers by Elizabeth Pantley.