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We can only tell you what our (The Potty School's) Potty Training Consultants do. In summary, a potty training consultant should be a knowledgeable, safe, helpful and encouraging adult who has seen and been part of many more potty training scenarios than simply their own child/children. They then use knowledge to help create, and implement, a pottying plan specific to your child and your family's preferences, parenting philosophies, and needs.
A potty training consultant should be a knowledgeable, safe, helpful and encouraging adult who has seen and been part of many more potty training scenarios than simply their own child/children. They then use this knowledge to help create, and implement, a pottying plan specified to your child and your family's preferences, parenting philosophies, and needs. - The Potty School
A Potty Training Consultant shouldn't be someone who just paid $700 and became a consultant based on head knowledge alone. They should be someone who has more scenario experience than book knowledge. After all, you can read a book too. You want someone who is familiar with unique, special, or difficult situations. Most potty training books lay out a basic plan; if anything veers from that, it can be hard to navigate alone.
Employees have MUCH more accountability than independent contractors. An independent contractor can pay their money, get trained within a month or two, and be on their way to being a "certified potty training consultant." That's not what you want. You want someone with hundreds of hours under their belt before they get to you. An employee has to go through federal, and state-mandated training such as sexual harassment and discrimination. You are not guaranteed that with a consultant. Employees have built-in structures of accountability by both their manager and HR. If something goes wrong, they will be pulled from their position. If something goes wrong with a one-off consultant, there is no backup
You should look for a Potty Training Consultant EMPLOYEE not an independent contractor. - The Potty School
Don't be afraid, ask who they do background checks with, and then verify their check with their employer. I wouldn't want someone sketchy around my child, so that's why we go out of our way to create accountability to prevent anything from happening in the first place. All The Potty School consultants are, and always will be, background checked. We care about you and your children.
You should look for a BACKGROUND-CHECKED Potty Training Consultant. - The Potty School
No one wants there to be issues, least of all the potty training consultant. But, just being able to be insured is no small task. Just the insurance designation alone means that you have an insurer willing to hinge their lack of losses on the success of the Potty Training Consultant. Don't just ask for them to be insured, but make sure that their insurance is at least rated in the A range. Grades A- and A are deemed "Excellent" and grades "A+ and A++" are deemed "Superior." If an insurance company is rated that highly, you KNOW that they will not insure someone they see as likely to harm their customer.
You are hiring a Consultant, not a babysitter.
A consultant should have YOU as the priority. Yes, obviously, the goal is to help your child, but they need to equip you with the tools you need for success when they are no longer physically present. You need to be equipped with what to say, what to do in certain scenarios. They are not there to physically put your child on the toilet - they are there to coach you on what to do. If a potty training consultant is physically touching your child, they are not doing what is asked of them. They are to be your secret weapon enabling you, as the parent or caregiver, to know what to do and how to react each step of the way.
That may sound like it wouldn't be helpful, but we have found such power in enabling the parents to feel all the success WITH their child! If we were to tell them to sit on the potty, who are we? We are some strangers. But, if we can give you the hints and tips you need YOU already have the relationship and our presence enables you as a family to journey together from the very beginning to actually hitting and celebrating that milestone together!
You should demand that your Potty Training Consultant be INSURED. - The Potty School
We have served families in 6 out of 7 continents on the globe. (Give us a break :), Antarctica is a harder population to serve because there isn't a very high child population at all. But, we're happy to field a call if need be).
Since The Potty School's creation, we have gone from being a little mom & pop business to being a global business helping families across time zones and oceans.
We would be happy to serve your family as well. We have served a variety of clients. To name a new:
Your Potty Training Consultant Should have Extensive, Culturally-Diverse Pottying Experience - The Potty School
Point blank. If you get a creepy vibe or a sense of "this is the first time they are doing this", run the other way. You should be able to have a conversation with your consultant before they ever step foot in your home. This may be part of their investment, or something offered for free. For us, we have people pay for an initial consult and then comp it if they choose to do a Home Consultant. That way all of our time is being valued, and everyone is "on the clock" providing the very best service they can from the get-go.
We at The Potty School don't give out "Potty Training Consultant Certification"(s). We hire fully background-checked, trained, and employed loving humans. As a company, we are insured by an A-rated insurance company. And, if you want to get to know us, we'd be happy to have a first-time client consultation call with you. You can learn more about Home Consultations for Potty Training HERE.
Not interested in hiring a Potty Training Consultant for a Home Consultation, but still looking for potty training help? Take a minute to consider our membership: Diapers to Flush.