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Monday, January 28, 2008

Funny Kid's Quotes

This isn't Potty Training related, but I couldn't resist. Here are a few funny quotes from kids about marriage, relationships, and dating:

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids)

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10


Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10


You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8


Both don't want any more kids.
-- Lori, age 8


Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10


I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
-- Craig, age 9


When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
- - Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
-- Howard, age 8


It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)


There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
-- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is.........

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
-- Ricky, age 10

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Using a Kitchen Timer as A Potty Training Tool

Using a kitchen timer as a potty training tool is something I have always found to be an invaluable tool - The Potty Boot Camp uses a time as an integral part of the training process. This article on http://parenthacks.com/ also discusses the benefits. Click the link to read more:


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Toilet Seat Tattoos Aid in Potty Training

If you are looking for a unique toilet-training chart....look no further. This company manufactures toilet seat "tattoos" that are designed for potty training. The tattoos come in three different designs and are shipped with stickers that the child can place upon the toilet seat when they have a successful trip to the potty. The designs include "I Will Twinkle When you Tinkle" and "Make Me Smile - You Did It."

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Visit http://www.toilet-tattoos.com/ for more information. I would have inserted a picture but the company won't let me link to their pictures. Go figure - guess they aren't trying to encourage sales!

Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers"

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What to Try When Your Toddler Won't Poop On the Potty - MUST READ!

I've always been a fan or Dr. John Rosemond. His toilet-training techniques are straight-forward, no-nonsense, and just plain make sense to me. In this article, he discusses a method that parents can try when their toddler is refusing to poop on the potty. I think the advice makes sense - even though many parents might comment that the method seems "harsh." I think we should all note that the mother of the child in the article says, "No crying, screaming, nothing. My husband and I have battled this issue for many months now, cried, and lost sleep over it. I'm sitting here absolutely astounded at how simple it has been. Unless told otherwise, we'll continue to use this method until we see him initiate the trip to the bathroom himself." It hardly seems as if the child was traumatized by the event. I'll be planning on adding this technique to the chapter of "The Potty Boot Camp" that discusses the pooping issue. It is just one more thing a parent can include in their arsenal of methods to try when they are dealing with poop everywhere but in the potty!

Here is the article text:

Try this simple tactic to get past toilet-training impasse
John Rosemond

One of the consequences of postponing toilet training until well past the second birthday (per the bad advice of most post-1960s parenting "experts") is a well-documented problem known as "stool refusal"-children three and older who will use the toilet for urinating but stubbornly refuse to use it for a bowel movement. Fifty years ago, when most children were expected (and expected they were!) to use the toilet successfully before they turned two, this problem was rare; today, it is almost commonplace. As one might imagine, it is one of the most frustrating of all parenting problems.

And so it recently was for the parents of a three-and-one-half-year-old stool refusing boy. The parents had talked and rewarded and punished and talked some more, all to no avail. In the meantime, they were beginning to suffer self-induced baldness. Several web-based experts weighed in, saying that stool refusal almost certainly indicates deep-seated psychological issues, implying that the road to solution would be long and longer still.

Over the past several years, a colleague and I have developed a program that has been very successful at persuading these kids that it is in their best interests to-to use contemporary vernacular-"give it up" for the potty. This child was the perfect candidate. I recommended that immediately after breakfast on the morning of P-Day, the parents take this recalcitrant child to the bathroom, remove his clothes, and say, "We spoke to your doctor, and he said you have to stay in the bathroom, without any clothes on, until you have a poopy. When you have a poopy, call us to see, and then you can put on your clothes and play. Call us!" I told the parents to keep it short and simple and then cheerfully turn and walk away. If their son refused to stay in the bathroom, they were to gate him in, again explaining that such were the doctor's orders. When he produced a bowel movement, they were not to make a big fuss or reward him, but simply acknowledge his success in a low-key manner.

To the parents' amazement, their son had a bowel movement after five minutes in the bathroom on B-Day. They asked, "Now what?" to which I told them to stay the course. He took three minutes on day two. His mother wrote: "No crying, screaming, nothing. My husband and I have battled this issue for many months now, cried, and lost sleep over it. I'm sitting here absolutely astounded at how simple it has been. Unless told otherwise, we'll continue to use this method until we see him initiate the trip to the bathroom himself."

One week later, she gave me a second update: "As we bring tonight to a close, it marks a full week since we put into action your plan. We have had ZERO accidents this week. We left the gate up for a few days just as a reminder but it's now gone completely, and he is going to the potty on his own. He has been an absolute joy to be around since not having to fight the potty battle."

There was no trick to this at all. The solution involved nothing more than clearly stated expectations and a clearly defined boundary. In short, the parents stopped wishing (in the form of pleading, explaining, rewarding, and exploding) their son would poop in the potty and told him he was going to. Conjuring the doctor's authority simply reduced any possibility of rebellion.

Before closing this column, I would be remiss not to note that on occasion, stool refusal is actually constipation or the result of some other physical problem. Before coming to me for advice, the parents checked this possibility out with a physician. Any parent thinking of trying this should first do the same.

*About the Author: John Rosemond has written nine best-selling parenting books and is one of America's busiest and most popular speakers, known for his sound advice, humor and easy, relaxed, engaging style. In the past few years, John has appeared on numerous national television programs including 20/20, Good Morning America, The View, Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, Public Eye, The Today Show, CNN, and CBS Later Today.

Click here to visit Rosemond's Web site, www.rosemond.com.

Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a potty training program that combines the best of the best methods. Visit www.ThePottyBootCamp.com for more information.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Little Known Potty Training Tips and "Tricks"

Some of these tips are some that I have discussed and recommended before, but it's nice that this author, Crystal Sky, has them all summarized in one article.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Potty Training Watch

I previously discussed the "Potty Training Watch" as a great training tool. It looks like Parent's magazine agrees, and has named it one of their "Top 20" toilet training products.

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I've looked all over the web, and it looks like EBay is where you can get the best price for the Potty Watch. Click HERE to see the current EBay listings.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Question and Answer: What should I do when my toddler needs more motivation to use the potty?

Question: "My child is going on three years old in April. She was doing so well with potty training then stopped.She does not want any thing to do with going on the potty. I have tried every thing to help her. She does not seem to mind the potty. She loves to play in the bath room with the potty and sink. but ,when it comes down to going she completely refuses."

Answer: Since she was doing well, it sounds like she is in a power struggle with you. The key is to find some "currency" that will motivate her to make the decision on her own rather than feeling like it is her parents "making" her do something. (Toddlers are sure know for being stubborn!)The first thing you can try is a "present bag." Get a bunch of small gifts and stick them in a box or bag and place where she can't see inside. Tell her that if she is a big girl and uses the potty, she gets a present from the bag. It's up to her.....most children can't refuse the temptation of a gift - especially if it is new and different each time. Then stand back and see what happens! Believe it or not, it's also easy to wean the kids off of the gifts once they are using the potty reliably. (No kidding :) )Hope that helps!

Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers"

Sunday, January 6, 2008

This Toilet Will Keep Your Toddler's Attention!

I have to admit, it's a creative idea - in an "out-there" sort of way....and not for the sort of folks who are into classic, formal decorating! The "Fish and Flush" is a special fish-tank designed for your toilet - the tank surrounds a clear center. (My first thought was to wonder how in the world they avoided flushing the fish each time!)

I think most adults would laugh and move on....but for us toilet-training parents, anything that might help to motivate our child actually catches our eye. It's a bit of a drastic move for toileting motivation, but think of how excited your child would get if they could feed their pet fish each time they had a successful potty trip! Ha Ha.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Wee Target - Toilet Training Aid for Boys

Here's yet another creative toilet training aid for boys. Similiar to the other "pee targets," this one actually will reveal a hidden picture when urine hits it.

Click below or on the title link for more information.

Update 5/11/2008: The product described above seems to only be available in Australia - which is great, I guess, if you are in Australia! For a product available in the U.S. look below:

These Targets are Available from www.MomsOnEdge.com for $9.97 for a pack of 50.