Every now and again I get asked about typical toddler stages, and when parents should start toilet training, or introducing new foods, or insisting on a new rule etc…
In all of these my answer is the same:
“Do it when you are ready!”
In all of the above scenarios, and indeed in many parenting issues, there is a fear that our kids aren’t ready, or we’ve started to soon with something, and we are setting ourselves up for failure. The reality is that despite any readiness, or lack thereof from your children, the best barometer of success is if YOU are ready.
Once you start down a path, be it new routine, or making a stance on an issue, there may be times of struggle and resistance from your child. It is important that you are consistent, are sure about your direction and that you COMMIT.
If you are not ready then the chances of success are less.
Are you prepared to have arguments?
Are you prepared for there to be resistance?
Are you prepared to put in some effort to help your child into a new phase?
If you ARE READY then your chances of success are greater and I would suggest to you to “Go, go, go!”
If you ARE NOT READY -wait. If your child is ready then they will subtly hurry you along to ready. But there is no harm in waiting a little bit until you commit too.
Good luck xx.