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Toilet Training

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Where We All Went Wrong

Posted on 8/25/2020

My profession, psychology, began demonizing traditional childrearing in the late 1960s. I was in graduate school at the time and on fire for the promise that the proper use of psychological...

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Some Benchmarks on Toilet Training

Posted on 6/9/2020

“There’s no one-size-fits-all model of childrearing for all the world’s parents,” opines Alma Gottlieb, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. Gottlieb was quoted in an...

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Toilet Training Is Not Rocket Science

Posted on 9/26/2018

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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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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Parental Anxiety

Posted on 8/12/2014

On one of my websites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet...

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Diapers at night

Posted on 7/22/2014

Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts...

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Recent Questions

Common Questions About Toilet Training

Posted 1 week ago

Hi. I've read and reread Rosemond's books on toilet training. Here are my questions after having read those in relation to daytraining my 21-month-old: 1) I use bell and gate which work, but he...

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Potty Problems

Posted on 5/12/2021

Our daughter started potty training at 17 months. She is currently 33 months and still has accidents daily. She will run to the potty to poop but will have as many as 4-5 pee accidents a day at...

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Time for a Potty Training Refresher

Posted on 4/29/2021

We are so thankful for the help we have received from The Well-Behaved Child and Making the Terrible Twos Terrific. Currently, we have been able to get our two year old (29 months old today) out...

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2 Year Old Wants Adult Supervision to Use Potty

Posted on 4/19/2021

Our 2yr 9mth girl is mostly well potty trained, no accidents since 2 yes. But she's well monitored by mom who brings her to potty on a regular schedule. When mom is not home, she will tell me she...

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Time for a Potty Training Reset

Posted on 4/13/2021

We are currently attempting to potty train our 21-month-old boy. It has been almost one month of training and we are having almost zero success with getting him to sit on the potty to pee or poop....

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Potty Training Setback

Posted on 4/12/2021

We started potty training our 30 month old son using the method from the terrible twos book. Except the preschool wouldnt allow him without diaper untill fully trained. After 2 weeks He was at...

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Should Parents Start Naked & $75 Before or After they Move?

Posted on 4/8/2021

My son, who is 20 months old has stomach issues with constipation. On average he is constipated about two times a month at least. We are starting potty training this weekend, and we are worried...

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Back on track, potty training

Posted on 4/7/2021

My 27-month daughter was potty trained 2 months ago and was doing great. She was not having accidents. 2 weeks ago I gave birth to our second daughter and now my 2-yr old is having accidents. ...

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Almost 4 year old refuses to poop in the toilet

Posted on 3/31/2021

My grandson will be 4 the end of May. He has been partially potty trained for over a year, but will have bowel movements in his pants, then run to the bathroom and dump it in the toilet. If told...

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Potty Training

Posted on 3/15/2021

We are toilet training our 18 month old son. He has sat on the small potty many times, peed in it a few times, mostly he refuses to sit on it. He is clearly capable of what is being asked of him....

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