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John's Most Recent Articles

Toilet Training Is Not Rocket Science

Posted 3 weeks ago

Talking today’s mother through her first experience with toilet training is akin to talking someone off a ledge. Both situations involve massive anxiety, high drama and lots of yelling and...

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Debunking Hot Potty Training Myths

Posted on 8/14/2018

“Potty training is a nightmare.” So begins advice from Meghan Leahy, advice columnist for The Washington Post. More accurately, potty training has, of late, BECOME a nightmare, thanks to advice of...

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I Spy Toilet-Training Atrocities

Posted on 7/10/2018

Strolling through my go-to grocery store the other day, I happened down the Baby Products aisle where I spied packages of toilet-training pants featuring pictures of happy children who looked at...

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Nip Toddler Misbehavior in the Bud

Posted on 12/19/2017

Q: My parents recently told me that my husband and I are letting our toddler run our family and that it’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable for them to visit or have us visit with them – they...

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Key to Toilet Training Success: Start Early

Posted on 8/2/2017

Q: Our twin girls will be three in a few months. Our pediatrician recommended that we start toilet training at 32 months, which we did. After several months and lots of gnashing of teeth, one of...

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Teaching Academics to Toddlers is Worthless

Posted on 4/12/2017

There is no good evidence that the artificial gains produced by so-called "jump-start" educational programs for toddlers, whether computer-driven or human-driven, are of lasting value....

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Send Toddler to Designated Tantrum Spot

Posted on 3/14/2017

Q: My 30-month-old has started throwing tantrums when I do not give her or do for her what she wants. During her fits, she cries, screams, tries to hit and even bite me, and then, if I prevent her...

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Grandparents Raising Grandson

Posted on 12/29/2015

Q: Our daughter died last year—long, sad story—leaving behind a 2-year-old boy. The father—not named on the birth certificate—is not and never has been a factor in the child’s life and gave us...

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Jealous Sibling and Words of Wisdom for Toddler's Parents

Posted on 6/23/2015

Living with Children John Rosemond Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: My 24-month-old is constantly wanting to be in her newborn baby brother’s face, poking and touching him. How can...

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Pull-Ups & Adoption Age

Posted on 9/16/2014

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we’re at home. We use a “potty bell” and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we’re away from home, however, he seems clueless. He...

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Recent Questions

Patience in Potty Training

Posted yesterday

Hi. We are 8 days into toilet training our 31.5m old boy. Its been going well in that he is able to take himself to the potty and pee / poo when he needs to with and, frequently without...

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Clash of the "Tot"ans

Posted 6 days ago

I have a two year old and four year old who are constantly bickering! I have limited toys to one bin a piece. They start imaginary play with each other which is great but that turns into she...

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Toddler's Potty Woes

Posted 6 days ago

Hi. We are starting toilet training using your method from your book. Our son is 31.5 months old and this is our first attempt at toilet training him. We are four days in and it’s been...

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21 mo hitter

Posted 1 week ago

My 21 mon old has started hitting, I know this is common but I want her to stop and know it’s not ok. It is primarily me the mother anytime she gets frustrated, which is often. I feel it has...

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Toddler's Toilet Troubles (Continued...)

Posted 1 week ago

I just wrote about starting toilet training my 19 month old (end of day 3) I also am struggling with how not to be around when it is potty time, because he doesn't know how to pull his pants down...

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Toddler's Toilet Troubles

Posted 1 week ago

We are at the end of day three on toilet training our 19 month old. I know it is early in the process, but I feel like he is already regressing. He doesnt even want to go near the potty now. He...

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Pull-Ups or No Pull-Ups for Naptime Potty Training?

Posted 1 week ago

Hi, We are starting toilet training using your method from your book. Our son is 31.5 months old and this is our first attempt at toilet training him. For night sleeps, he is in a pull-up...

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N75 Potty Training Method Questions

Posted 1 week ago

Hi We have started the toilet training for the first time with our 31.5month son using N75 method from the book. The challenge we are having is that he pees on the floor but then does not...

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TerribleTwo's toilet issues

Posted 1 week ago

This is a follow up to my latest question. I have tried the cleaning up after herself for my 2 1/2 year old that is still not potty trained. This has had no effect so far. She has even started...

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Two year old potty trained except at night

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hello! My son is two years and two months old now. We started potty training him about 3 months ago. We used Naked and 75 and it took about 7 days. They were stressful days, but it paid...

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