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The Battle of the Bowl: Potty Training

You get your child to stop taking their bottle and their pacifier, but there's another baby right of passage that can be the biggest challenge of all, getting your kid potty trained. It's a time that's tough for parents and their kids, but you should always keep in mind when you start the big potty training challenge, that every child is different. Look at your child, he'll show interest, and give you

Kim Ramsey is the mother of four young children. She says, "I think one of the biggest things is by age three they started saying potty, or something that stands for potty." That's just one of the signs Ramsey's kids gave that they were ready to start potty training. It's a challenge she's been through a lot lately, and right now, it's two-year-old Luke's turn. "Summertime was easier for me because they had less clothes and they could run around naked more and you could negotiate a little more," Ramsey says. "With the winter clothes, it's a little harder to get it done quickly." Even though it's winter, Luke was ready to start the challenge. Kathleen Brown works at the Center for Child's Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. She says, "When they know the difference between wet and dry, and that's important because if they're wet all the time and don't think that's a big deal they won't care. When they begin to notice they're wet and they're uncomfortable, that's a sign."

Your child will be more willing to potty train if you make it interesting, like let them take a book inside the bathroom or maybe even a toy, but the most important thing to remember is to keep encouraging them. There are three things that parents should keep in mind while potty training their child. Be positive, let them know they're doing a good job for trying. Be consistent, once you start potty training, don't stop, and be patient because it may take a few months for your child to learn. "It's a one on one thing with your child, look at it that way," Brown says. "It's a precious thing really. You have that one on one time with that child at that time and that goes quickly in life."

Friday, we'll look at eating habits, and have tips on what you should do if your child is a picky eater, and what you can do to help them develop healthy habits they'll carry on as adults.

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