|My toddler is starting to use the toilet, but is terrified when I flush away the contents. What’s going on?
This is a common problem and important to respect, or else
your child might refuse to use the toilet. The upset is
that he fears losing a piece of himself down the toilet.
Firstly don’t force the issue, flush the toilet when
he is out of the room and his mind is on something else.
And then gradually get him desensitised to flushing.
1. Say and wave bye-bye to the
poo together, and then leave the room.
2. Flush when he is out of the
room, saying bye-bye poo, so that he can hear.
3. When he is comfortable with
step 2, cuddle him in the bathroom doorway, whilst
daddy flushes… and all of you say bye-bye poo.
4. When step 3 is acceptable, cuddle
him in your arms, as you flush bye-bye poo.
5. And when he ready, let him flush the lever himself.
6. Of course when other family members use the toilet,
loudly saying bye-bye poo before you flush will make
flushing the toilet a commonplace event.
I think your house will be resounding with
the sound of bye-bye poos for a while!