At what age should a child start potty training?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about when a child should start potty training.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: At what age should a child start potty training?

    Rene Hackney: With the potties without pressure method the age range is anywhere from two to four years old. The average age is three years old. With little girls tending to be on the earlier side, two and half to three and little boys tending to be on the later side, three to three and a half, but anywhere, two to four is normal. So, it s really looking for the signs of readiness.

    Some kids starts to show those signs as early as two years old, others not till about three and half or four which panics a lot of parents, but the idea is you can t really teach them early. You have to wait until they are ready to go and they recognize that sensation and can be able to talk with you about it.