Preparing the Environment – Toileting (part 2 of 2)

“The child builds his innermost self out of the deeply held impressions he receives.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

Creating a Psychological Space for Toileting
It is important to use positive language when talking with your child about his toileting. It is from your attitudes and expressions that he will learn to feel comfortable with his normal bodily functions. It is essential that he feel comfortable and relaxed through the process so that he does not withhold his urine or bowel movement.

Another important note to make about the psychological environment touches on the language you use when discussing body functions. Use a matter-of-fact tone and clear language when you notice an odor from a bowel movement. Or when helping to clean his body. He will develop his own attitudes about toileting and his body from your language and reactions.

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