Slow and Steady Potty Training, Parenting and Punishment, Angel Mayes: Therapeutic Coaching (#37)

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Parenting toddlers can be challenging. With so much advice out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. However, with patience, consistency, and understanding, parents can help their children successfully navigate this transition.

Here is this week’s “Monday Mashup”, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward it to friends.

Great Tip We Read

Potty training can be a daunting task for parents, filled with stress, power struggles, and messes. While popular conventional practices, such as the three-day boot camp method and bribery with candy and sticker charts, may work for some, they can be overwhelming and even counterproductive for others. Waiting until the child is “ready” may also lead to power struggles, as children at that age are naturally asserting their independence.

However, there is a peaceful alternative: Slow and Steady Potty Training. This method takes more time and a different mindset but can result in minimal stress, zero power struggles, and positive results. It involves using:

  • Cloth diapers
  • Put baby on a potty seat during diaper changes
  • Use the bathroom in front of the kids
  • And more

This approach may not be for everyone, but for those who want to try a gentler approach to potty training, Slow and Steady may be the way to go. (Read the full blog post here)

This Week’s Article

Parenting and Punishment
Let’s talk about parenting and punishment. Just pause for a moment and really pay attention to what the words parenting and punishment feel like inside your body? Are you instantly transported to a younger, possibly scared or embarrassed version of yourself? Did those feelings then begin to feel like confusion, and like a strike against your young self? Read more.

Helper of the Week

Angel Mayes is an at-home therapy and therapeutic coaching for teens and young adults. She specializes in working with teens & young adults struggling with the pressures & expectations of growing up. They want to stop feeling disconnected, lost, & broken so they can begin living an empowered, balanced, authentic life they really want, breaking free of the limitations they currently feel.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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