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Importance of Praise in Toilet Training

Learn the importance of praise in toilet training in this Howcast video featuring potty training specialist Ashley Hickey.

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Let's talk about why it's important to praise your child during potty training. You're teaching a child a new skill. She needs to learn that this is a good thing for her to do. So, in order for her to continue to do this behavior, she needs to get a reward and she also needs to get verbal praise. Once you stop the rewards or the verbal praise, it's possible that your child will regress and stop using the potty. So it's important to use verbal praise and the reward system until your child is having very infrequent accidents. It's important to be behavior specific so that your child knows exactly why she's getting praised. Instead of just saying, "Good job," say, "Great job. You went pee in the potty," so that she knows exactly why you're giving her praise and she will do it again in the future. And that's why it's important to use praise for potty training.

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