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Friday, July 24, 2009

Astrology and Toilet Training????

I'm a pretty practical, scientifically-minded type gal. So, when I heard about a new book that help you utilize your child's star signs as a guide to potty training it made me raise an eyebrow. I'm never one to fully discount ANYTHING that might work, however, so if you are of a mindset that might find this information useful, I'd like to pass along the information.

The book is entitiled "Star Parenting: What astrology reveals about your child's personality and potential," by Sherrynne Dalby.

The text is described as a "lively, accessible and detailed guide. Sherrynne explores the sun signs and their relationships to planetary movement and alignment, and how this affects our children; their strengths, vulnerabilities, traits and potential."

"More than just astrology, more than just parenting, this book goes in depth to explain why our children reach their milestones at different ages, why some rebel, why some are good at sports, why some of them are artists, why some dream and why some lead."

"A fresh, approachable and contemporary format, Star Parenting will help parents understand the strengths and levels of their child, how to encourage and nurture them and help them thrive."

"Packed full of practical tips, the book covers a whole range of issues from toilet training and suitable activities for that child, to the best feeding and sleeping routines."

The author is Australian, and it appears the book has limited availablity in the U.S. - but I did find availability on Amazon.com. Click below to learn more:

Springwood author's parenting tips from the cosmos - Local News - News - General - Penrith Star

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

How to Teach your Child How to Wipe...and a whole lot of other useful teaching tools!

From author Allison Pennell is a great article about teaching your kids how to do everything from wiping themselves to tying their shoes. It's written in a light-hearted and easy to read manner - you'll thoroughly enjoy the read!

“I can do it myself!” Surely, a battle cry for the ages? well, ages 2-18. In the spirit of the DIY revolution, we’ve put together our own home schooling guide, Babble style. Here are 25+ tips and how-to’s for teaching kids lots of useful and, frankly, not-so-useful-but-really-fun new skills, from floating in the pool to curing an ice-cream headache to losing like a winner. — Allison Pennell

Click Below to Read Allison's article:
The Babble Do-It-Myself Guide | Insight | Comment Page 1 | Babble Australia#comment-6526#comment-6526#comment-6526#comment-6526

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Child Will Not Poop on the Potty? Maybe it is a control issue...

I know this article is entitled "Soothing themselves to sleep," but there is a great Q&A section about children refusing to poop on the potty.

Soothing themselves to sleep - The Irish Times - Tue, Jul 21, 2009

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Starting The Potty Boot Camp after failure with another method


I recently found out about your book online and after much desperation of failing to potty train my 2.5 yr old son over the past few months. I started researching and found that The Potty Boot Camp book seemed inspiring and worth giving a try. So far the book seems like yes it would work, but I don't really know where to start since I have already tried potty training him over the past few months.

He was doing really good at going pee on the potty, but mostly because I think I was just taking him so he wouldn't have accidents. He was telling me when he had to go pee sometimes, though he still has yet to go poo on the potty and runs and hides every time.

I thought we were doing pretty good with the peeing part and then we went on vacation to the lake for a couple weeks. He HATED having to stop playing to come and go potty and just kept having accidents over and over again - so I just put him in pull ups. He is more than willing to go pee on the potty, it is just a matter of getting him to tell me plus he doesn't seem to mind peeing his pants either.

Should I just start your program from the very beginning.. even though he has the concept of the potty and has gone many many times in it??


After hearing your story, I would recommend starting with day #1....but modify the timing a bit. (More about that in a second.) I would also "give up" on mentioning the potty for a couple of weeks. Take a (well needed and much deserved) break.

When you start, explain to your son that "today is the day" we are going to give up diapers forever. You might want to pick a date on the calendar to start. Let your son help choose. Then have him look at the calendar every day and put a sticker on it to help "count down" to his diaper-free day. This will help build up some excitement on his end and will help motivate him to succeed. On the start day, make a big deal of getting rid of diapers. Have a little ceremony/party to mark this momentous occasion.

On day one, since he's already using the potty, I would not do 10 or 15 minute intervals. Try 35-45 minutes. Do the drills as described in the book - this teaches him that accidents are undesirable. Do make a big deal of having dry pants. Also do the cleanup technique. Kids sometimes like these at the beginning but they get tiresome after a while and do indeed become a deterrent to having accidents. If he has a lot of accidents with the 35 to 45 minute intervals, shorten them a bit.

It think the key for you is to start 'fresh" after a small break.

Below are some great "potty themed" stickers you could consider:

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.