Potty training is the trend for parents amid COVID-19 quarantine

first_imgiStock/globalmoments(NEW YORK) — BY: JOANNE ROSATiffany Bari knew she wanted to start potty training her son before he turned 3 in May. But between work, his school, Easter celebrations and other weekend plans, she knew it would have been tough.Once COVID-19 quarantine measures started going in effect, however, the timing was suddenly right. Bari, from New York, started working on the milestone with her son, Joseph, three weeks ago.“I’m the type of person where I procrastinate,” Bari told ABC News. “I don’t know when I would have started if this didn’t happen.”“It’s like there’s no excuse to procrastinate because we’re not doing anything else,” she added.Bari is not alone. Parents everywhere at home with their toddlers have decided to take advantage of days devoid of school, commutes and weekend plans to start potty training. “Turning lemons into lemonade,” sociologist Helana Darwin recently put it on Twitter.Jamie Glowacki estimates her business has gone up 70% since families have gone into quarantine, the potty training expert told ABC News.“I’m completely booked,” said Glowacki, who offers private consultations as well as online courses.About 40 consultants who have completed her certification program are booked, too, the Rhode Islander said. Her 2015 book, “Oh Crap! Potty Training,” also started flying off virtual shelves; it currently is ranked No. 2 in the baby and toddler parenting category on Amazon.Michelle D. Swaney, founder of The Potty School in Orange County, California, expects to hear from more clients in the coming weeks, the potty training consultant told ABC News.“I think we’re in the sweet spot where people are just starting,” Swaney said. “Then usually they call me about two weeks after they start and they think they should be done but they’re not quite done yet. It’s the calm before the storm. I know it’s going to happen.”Swaney has heard of parents potty training now over concerns about diaper availability amid pandemic hoarding. Financial strain during the economic crisis was another factor.“People spending $50 to $100 a month are then thinking, ‘Oh, I can go to almost nothing,’” Swaney said. “There’s just so much change going on with people’s finances that they’re trying to find ways to save money and be able to do something productive and use their time well while they’re at home.”Like accountants, potty training consultants have a busy season. Theirs is between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Parents might want to take advantage of either long weekend to have their child run diaperless throughout the house. They also might have a deadline: the start of preschool in the fall. Summer has other perks: “Do you want to potty train in a snowsuit or a bathing suit?,” Glowacki said.With stay-at-home orders and other restrictions in effect across the country, “this is the longest three-day weekend ever for parents,” Swaney said. “I couldn’t create a better opportunity for people to have success.”Pediatricians usually bring up potty training at the 2-year checkup, Dr. Kelly Fradin, a pediatrician in New York City, told ABC News. It can be any time after 18 months, but Fradin considers the “sweet spot” between 24 and 28 months.“I think most kids are physiologically ready to go a few hours in between going to the bathroom at that point,” Fradin said. “It’s a nice age because it’s before some of the more willful, defiant behavior starts.”The approach will vary by family, but generally, Fradin recommends the three-day method popularized in Glowacki’s book: A child starts bare-bottomed when awake for several days before progressing to various stages like wearing underwear and going without any prompt. But a slower approach can also work.“Just putting out the potty and offering the potty a few times a day can be a slower but less stressful way to transition into potty training ” before starting something like the three-day method, Fradin said.While convenient, potty training during a quarantine does pose some challenges. For one, potty training already can be stressful for both children and adults, and the added anxiety of living during a global pandemic may hinder a child’s success.“So delighted we decided to throw ‘potty training 2 toddlers’ into the mix this week. Really spiced things up,” the actor Chris O’Dowd deadpanned on Twitter last month.“To pick a time when there’s global peak anxiety and uncertainty is an interesting time to potty train,” Glowacki said. “That can contribute to a lot of anxiety in a child and can kind of make things wonky in those first days. Toddlers don’t like change. With such a big transition you have to have real emotional swaddling.”One of the stages of potty training is going at places that aren’t your home, which isn’t really an option, either. Neither is what some consider the true test of success — leaving your house for a long period. A simple trip to the playground may not even be an option.“I think of the first trip in a long car ride or airplane ride as being one of the big challenges for potty training — having times when you’re away from the toilet,” Fradin said. “Most people are staying home, hopefully, and they’re not really having those challenges. So they may not really test the potty training until things get back to normal.”To that end, Glowacki recommends manufacturing places to be, like a car ride to the ocean.Two weeks into their potty-training journey, Jennifer Plowman, a mom of two in Keosauqua, Iowa, went on a Sunday drive with her family to see how her 2-year-old daughter, Ella, fared.“We were gone probably 40 minutes, which seems like a long time when you’re potty training,” Plowman said. “We live pretty rural, so we just drove around and came back and she didn’t have an accident. I was shocked. That’s pretty good.”Despite its challenges, potty training amid a global pandemic may provide a sense of routine.Dallas-based freelance writer Roberto José Andrade Ranco writes in Texas Monthly this month, “The thing about potty training during quarantine is that no matter how well or terribly it goes, it adds structure to hours that feel like days and days that stretch on like weeks.”Surrounded by “what seems like a constant stream of bad news,” he writes, potty training his nearly 3-year-old daughter is a “welcome distraction.” Progress brings moments of joy.Whenever someone starts potty training, Swaney recommends having a support person — preferably out of the house — to whom you can vent. “[Have] somebody just that they can check in with at the end of the day and say, ‘it was a hard day,’ or whatever encouragement they need, to have that away from the person they’ve been potty training with all day long.”Playdates and parent meetups usually offer the opportunity to swap war stories. In their stead, online groups can provide support. Bari and Plowman both have found Facebook groups on potty training helpful.“It’s good to see parents who have kids that are close to my son’s age or even older and have different issues or problems I can relate to,” Bari said.“Every kid is so different. It’s just nice to be able to go and see what’s worked for other people and try it if you hit a bump in the road,” said Plowman. When trying to figure out a reward system for using the potty, she got a few ideas from the group and decided on M&Ms.For some parents, now might not be the best time to start potty training — and that’s OK, Fradin said.“When you have a lot on your plate as a parent, whether it’s dealing with changes in your work, or in your plans, your child care — it is another thing to take on,” she said. “While it might be convenient while you’re home, I think a parent’s sanity is also very important to prioritize. I wouldn’t pressure people to feel like they have to do it.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Koki Ikeda tops 20-km race walk in IAAF’s first global rankings

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The rankings, which will be updated weekly, are determined by the points each athlete earns based on their performances, with the standard of each competition taken into consideration and given weight.“The IAAF world rankings will drive and shape the global competition system including entry into future major championships and enable everyone in and interested in our sport to know who is No. 1 in the world,” IAAF President Sebastian Coe said on the federation’s website.Sprinter Noah Lyles of the United States tops the men’s overall rankings after winning five 200-meter races since May, while Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech, who specializes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, is the overall women’s world No. 1.Hirooki Arai, a Rio Olympic bronze medalist and world silver medalist, sits No. 2 in the men’s 50-km race walk rankings led by Ukraine’s Maryan Zakalnytskyy.At 18th in the world, Ryota Yamagata is the best Japanese sprinter in the high-profile men’s 100 rankings, which are led by American Ronnie Baker. Yoshihide Kiryu, who holds Japan’s national record at 9.98 seconds, sits 25th while Asuka Cambridge, who was a member of Japan’s Rio Olympic silver medal-winning 4×100 team along with Yamagata and Kiryu, is ranked 41st.According to the federation, the world rankings will not be used for qualification to the Sept. 28-Oct. 6 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.The IAAF will decide at a board meeting in March whether the rankings will be taken into consideration when determining which athletes qualify for next summer’s Tokyo Olympics. GENEVA – Koki Ikeda was named the first 20-km race walk world No. 1 when the International Association of Athletics Federations launched its new official rankings system on Tuesday.The 20-year-old Ikeda won his spot atop the list after placing in the top-5 in three races since February 2018. He won gold at May’s World Race Walking Team Championships in China and finished second and fourth in two domestic competitions. KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Koki Ikeda celebrates winning the men’s 20-km race walk at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships on May 6, in Taicang, China. | GETTY/ VIA KYODO RELATED PHOTOS Ryota Yamagata, IAAF, Koki Ikeda last_img read more

Conrad, Long look to make tight end a factor again at UK

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-19:80f78d31d028ebe2485c440d Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-895117-4142478592001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Kentucky’s two rookie tight ends agree with their coach on that. Despite what recent stats say, both were sold on an opportunity to be heavily utilized in the passing game.“It’s been really cool so far to see their recruiting pitch really work out,” Conrad said. “This is perfect for me. I couldn’t be happier where I’m at. I love the way they’re using me. It’s perfect for a pass-catching tight end.”Or a quarterback under duress.“If routes aren’t open, we can always be open. We’re big targets,” Long said. “Just try to make plays for Pat or whoever is throwing the ball to us, so he can rely on us every single play. If something goes bad, we’re always there to make a play for him.“It’s good for guys like us that are trying to have a big game and a big role in this offense.”As Kentucky fans know all too well, that’s been a long time coming.Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ.PRODUCTION BY KENTUCKY TIGHT ENDS SINCE ’07(In 2007, Jacob Tamme had 56 catches for 619 yards and six touchdowns by himself)2014 – 7 catches, 62 yards, 0 touchdowns2013 – 27 catches, 369 yards, 3 touchdowns2012 – 18 catches, 165 yards, 1 touchdown2011 – 30 catches, 262 yards, 2 touchdowns2010 – 33 catches, 306 yards, 2 touchdowns2009 – 13 catches, 130 yards, 2 touchdowns2008 – 25 catches, 374 yards, 2 touchdowns LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football fans have had many things to lament in recent seasons, but lovers of the forward pass have especially bemoaned one befuddling, unanswered question: Where, oh where, has the tight end gone?In 2007, before he became a reliable target for Peyton Manning in the NFL, tight end Jacob Tamme caught 56 passes for 619 yards and six touchdowns for the Wildcats. In the seven years since, Kentucky’s tight ends have not combined for more than 33 catches, 369 yards or three touchdowns in a season.Crazier still: Add up the production of every player at that position for the Cats over the last three years and it does not equal Tamme’s solo output in 2007. Last season, UK’s tight ends caught a total of seven passes for 62 yards – in an offense known as the “Air Raid.”Now you know why the Wildcats’ coaches and quarterbacks are rejoicing at the January addition of true freshman C.J. Conrad and the emergence of redshirt freshman Darryl Long at the position vacated by seniors Ronnie Shields and Steven Borden. Through seven spring practices, the new guys have looked like legitimate weapons in the passing game.“It makes a big difference. It certainly helps,” coach Mark Stoops said. “I think those guys are going to be very good players and they’re getting better and better every day.”Q&A: Mark Stoops breaks down spring ball Day 7Both Conrad and Long were hotly pursued recruits known for their potency in the passing game. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Conrad was rated a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 8 tight end by Rivals.com, while Long (6-4, 244) was rated a top-20 tight end by ESPN and had double-digit scholarship offers from major-conference programs.Conrad, who caught 180 passes for 2,436 yards and 32 touchdowns during his high school career, snagged a scoring strike Saturday in his first collegiate scrimmage.“It’s huge,” quarterback Patrick Towles said. “C.J. and Darryl are playing really well. They’re a quarterback’s best friend, so I’m excited about that.”Both, naturally, are from Ohio – as is tight ends coach and recruiting ace Vince Marrow. He thought Long could’ve helped right away as a pass-catcher last season but needed the redshirt year to bulk up, and he did. He’s added about 25 pounds in a matter of months and now looks the part.As for Conrad, “I really think we struck gold with him,” Marrow said. “I’m not surprised, but I think our other staff, they’ve been surprised with where he’s at right now. C.J. is every bit of what we wanted – and I think he’s done more.”Both Conrad and Long say they’re spending this spring learning to block as well as they run routes and corral passes. Conrad, who would still be in high school had he not enrolled early at UK, got his welcome-to-college moment in the first practice when two different linebackers put him flat on his back.That’s happening less and less now, and he’s factoring into new coordinator Shannon Dawson’s wide-open offense more and more.“You’re trying to get defenses to play honest,” Dawson said. “If you’ve got a guy who can run, you can create some matchups that are stressful for the defense. I think it’s huge. It’ll be interesting to see, because we haven’t really had a guy like that. It’ll be fun.” Story continues after video Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. 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Vincent, Lopes capture men’s doubles title

first_imgGavin Lewis and Daniel Lopes on Friday evening served their way to championship honours in the men’s doubles category of the ongoing GBTI/GTA Open lawn tennis competition at GBTI’s Lawn Tennis Court and facilities, Bel Air, Georgetown. The pair had the better of Gregorie Vincent and Andre Lopes in straight sets 7-5, 6-1 to cop their title. The other match on Friday evening saw Kalyca Fraser hardly breaking a sweat as she accounted for Akila Jones 6-1, 6-0 in the girl’s round robin match. Meanwhile, Thursday’s proceedings saw women’s defending champion Cristy Campbell going down to Fraser 6-3, 6-1 at the end of their round robin contest.  Success also went Lewis’ way after he defeated Vadeanand Resaul 6-0, 6-2 in the men’s open semi-final to book his spot in today’s final against Gregorie Vincent. Closing out Thursday evening proceedings was Leyland Leacock who triumphed over Andre Lopes in the final of the men’s over 35 contest, winning 6-2, 6-3.last_img read more