Toilet Learning, Respectfully

This is a topic that often has a red flag for the parents of a child in the beginning toddler years. It is a topic that brings much attention from outside family members and friends. So many have theories about the “best way” to support parents who are “teaching this habit.” There are many parenting books about this process as Magda Gerber eludes to in her writing in the RIE® Manual for Parents and Professionals (Magda Gerber, 1979-2012 pp 36-39). I believe the most important concern for parents must be showing respect and empathy for their child beginning a new experience for their life. Rather than a process to be taught or trained in, toileting is a new method being learned. Learning n

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