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More On Rewards and Disasters

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A funny thing occurred to me recently. A mama at one of my workshops brought up rewards for potty training. I don’t care for using rewards to potty train, for a myriad of reasons I list here. I was giving my no-rewards reasoning and this mama was pretty adamant about wanting to use rewards. “All my friends used M&Ms and it worked.” And I sighed. Yes. I do know that rewards work for some kids. I’m aware that MANY parents use candy rewards to potty train.  Maybe my reasoning of why you shouldn’t at least TRY to...

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The #1 Reason Potty Training Has Gotten Harder

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The  #1 Reason Potty Training Has Gotten Harder

There are some HEATED opinions about potty training. Among them…the wait-till-they’re-ready theorists. We can wax philosophical all we want but I like to remind people that there really is a HUGE reason why potty training has gotten harder over the years.  WHY generations before us didn’t have the potty training struggles we have now. Of course,  there are many factors. Societal changes, a huge amount of conflicting information on the world wide web that can be confusing to parents, busier schedules, two parents working...

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Wait Till They’re Ready

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Wait Till They’re Ready

Oh, boy. This is the big daddy of potty training soundbites. “I’m just going to wait till he’s ready.”  I’m sure you’ve heard and you may even be saying it. Whenever a parent tells me this, I always ask, “Okay! Cool. What does ready look like to you?” And often I’m met with a blank stare. Sometimes parents will say they are waiting for interest from the child. That’s cool. But most kids aren’t interested in POTTY TRAINING. Most kids are interested in the toilet, the toilet...

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Myth: Boys Are Harder To Potty Train

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Myth: Boys Are Harder To Potty Train

It’s a prevailing potty training myth. Boys are harder to train than girls. The first time I heard it was when I potty trained my own son at 22 months…waaaaay before I was The Poop Lady. I remember being surprised hearing it back then.  I still hear it so frequently, it no longer surprises me.  Let’s bust this myth right here, right now. Boys are NOT harder to train than girls. In fact, I find they are technically easier because they are able to pee almost anywhere in a more convenient fashion than girls; strictly talking in...

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Fear of Public Restrooms

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Fear of Public Restrooms

Reader Question: My son is petrified of using public restrooms. Am I destined to drive around with a potty in the back of my car for the rest of his childhood? Public Restrooms. Gross. And scary for the littles. When we look at this through toddler eyes, public restrooms really can be horrible. Most restrooms now have the Dyson hand dryers. Which are LOUD. And just exactly the height of most toddlers. Public restrooms are LIVE; sound bounces around the room, amplifying every small or big noise. Toilets are flushing at random. Parents are...

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Preparing Your Child

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Most children who have a strong reaction to potty training are having a reaction to the TRANSITION. Going from wearing a snug, cozy diaper, keeping all your business close to your body to wearing nothing and letting it all go in the toilet is a HUGE transition. For kids with a diagnosis, particularly “on the spectrum”, any transitions are hard but potty training is particularly difficult. Whenever I work with kids with any spectrum diagnosis, we pay close attention to how to make a smooth transition for the child.  But for the...

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The Most Common Questions When Potty Training (with answers!)

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The Most Common Questions When Potty Training (with answers!)

Let’s face it. Potty training can suck. It doesn’t matter when you potty train or even HOW you potty train. Some kids have a really strong reaction to this major transition. Since Simon and Schuster re-launched Oh Crap Potty Training in June of 2015, it has soared in popularity. We are flooded with common questions that my assistants and I answer on an almost daily basis.  Most of these are addressed in the book but since some aren’t, I am constantly writing and making videos about the myriad of issues that can arise. Oh...

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Screentime and Potty Training

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Let’s talk about screen time and potty training. This post is NOT about how much, how little, or any personal feelings about screen time and your littles.  This post is about some pitfalls that can happen when your child is viewing any screen (TV, movies, phone, camera roll, games, or anything else I haven’t thought of). And how to use screen time effectively, if you do allow your child some viewing time. The biggest thing to remember is that children under the age of 7 or so, don’t distinguish between real life and...

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The Kid Who Pees In The Highchair/Carseat

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Highchairs and carseats are the arch nemesis of potty training. Almost all kids will let loose once they are bent at the abdomen in a comfy seated position. This includes the couch, as well. It’s vital kids go potty before sitting for any extended time. Which makes sense and I bet you already knew that…but HOW is the question. Right? First thing to do is build in the time you need to be able to casually prompt your child.  If you need to get in the car by say, 8am…you want to start prompting a half hour (or however long you...

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Does Potty Training Affect Sleep?

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Does Potty Training Affect Sleep?

Many parents often ask if it’s possible for potty training to affect sleep. Yes! Yes, it does. And not just yours. It’s important to remember that this is probably the first process your child has learned that has a distinct order and only one desirable outcome. It’s a huge milestone with lots of learning. It also requires your child to become super aware of bodily functions they previously gave no thought to. This means your child’s brain is on overdrive. The two biggest complaints parents have are: 1. Naps seem to be...

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