I have three potty-trained children. I have one child who is not. She is quite comfortable, most of the time, going whenever and wherever she pleases: She is not trained. If any of my older children started to "go potty" in another location than the potty, I would think something was wrong. There are many similarities between talk training and potty training.
- Training takes time, patience and instruction.
- There will be many accidents when training.
- The accidents become less frequent as one grows in training.
- Accidents cause a mess–depending on where and how big of an accident, it may be a big mess or a small mess to clean up.
- Some messes are permanent (like stains on clothes or a stain on someone's reputation).
- What goes in is what comes out. If you want good words to come out, you have to put good things in.
- A trained person knows how to "hold it" when the urge comes and wait until the proper time and location to let it out.
- It is frowned upon to not be properly trained as one gets older.
- Just as no one enjoys being around someone walking around with a mess in his pants, no one likes being around stinky words.
- It feels good to be trained. It's a part of being "big."
In this series, I hope to share some insights I have gathered from my process of talk training. In many ways, I am still in the midst of training. I make a mess with my words too frequently, but I am learning.
What are some of the questions you have about talk training? What do you want to be included in this series? What are some of the best ideas/suggestions you have about talk training?
If you liked the word cloud, I made it using Wordle.