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ERIC Number: EJ793019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Can't Make 'em Do It: Sleeping, Eating, Toileting
Duffy, Roslyn
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n181 p72-74 May-Jun 2008
Sleeping, eating, and toileting battles frustrate most adults--mainly because they cannot make children do it. Falling asleep (or not) is within a child's control. The same is true for chewing and swallowing, or withholding and releasing urine and feces. Sleeping, Eating, and Toileting (S.E.T.) create lots of frustration. An exhausted adult wants her child to sleep; an anxious parent expects her child to eat; and most adults are prepared to eliminate diapers long before children are. What can be done? First, adults need cooperation--but that may take an attitude shift. If adults control their own behavior, children learn to cooperate. Providing consistent routines, taking time for training, modifying expectations, and involving children in ways that encourage are all within adult control. When children sleep, eat, or use the toilet is within theirs. Once adults accept this, it is more likely that all will be set for better rest, less indigestion, and fewer diapers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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