Recognize that this is the first complex task your child is deliberetly setting out to learn.
Recognize that set backs are common.
Recognize that your child's mood will affect how things go on any given day. Toddlers in a "negative phase" won't do well.
Acknowledge that changes in the house will affect things - visitors, trips, new babies, new pets, moving to a new bed, etc - will all cause set backs.
Recognize that it took you years to learn to drive a car decently... it will take her years to master using the potty.
Remember that accidents are common into grade school - that's part of taking years to master the task.
Remember that night time has NOTHING to do with daytime training. No amount of day time mastery, no amount of punishment or lectures, will change what your child's body does while your child is sound asleep.
at 2:18 PM on Mar. 19, 2009