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Friday, August 28, 2009

Using Bribery During Potty Training - Yes, It Can Be a Necessary Evil

I am a firm believer in using a little bit of bribery when potty training. It is one of those parenting moments when I say, "go for it" it it helps! Common bribes include candy, "forbidden toys", stickers, and even money. Some parents use sticker charts that help the child "save up" for a bigger prize. The bottom line is that you can let go of any 'parental guilt' involved with potty training. Bribe away and don't lose a moment's sleep over it!

Although bribery (aka 'positive reinforcement') works well for most children, some do better with verbal praise or even negative reinforcement. For your child, try, try, and try again until you discover his 'currency.' If something doesn't seem to be a powerful motivator, move on to something different. (Sometimes parenting just requires some good old common sense!)

Below is a sample 'sticker chart' commercially available product for parents to consider:



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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tried and True Potty Training Tips

Here is a link to a great article about one mom's experience with potty training and the "tips and tricks" she learned along the way:

Potty Training Tips

And, on a totally unrelated note, my daughter saw these on TV this morning. Interesting concept....a hamster cage and system like the old "Habitrail" I had as a kid...minus the pooping the peeing hamster! What do you all think of them? Cute!



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Monday, August 24, 2009

Video About When to Start Potty Training

This video has a lot of "common sense" potty training tips, but I really the the one about bringing along a portable potty where ever you go. A lot of kids are incredibly afraid of the sound of commercial flush toilets. (Those things are LOUD!) Even my four year old is still terrified of them and she's been potty trained since 20 months old. Having a familiar portable toilet can ease anxiety and make a child less likely to fight a trip to the bathroom.

A good selection of travel potties can be found on Amazon.com. My favorite is the On the Go Potty because it fits in a diaper bag. (See below)


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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Compelling Reasons to Consider Infant Potty Training

Below is a link to an article by Laurie Boucke, which outlines the medical community's views on infant potty training (also known as elimination communication.) She gives a very unique perspective on the topic - and how BILLIONS of people in the world think it is very natural and typical to never diaper their children. She also presents on of the best arguments I've ever hear about why early potty training is not damaging to children.

"If any harm is caused during any form of toilet training or any other aspect of child-rearing, it is generally caused by the overall parental approach, behavior and use of punishment (and not the fact that you are potty training an infant). In other words, there may be parents who are not ready for IPT, whereas a healthy infant in a stable and loving environment is ready if you are."

Click below to read Laurie's article. It is compelling reading.

Medical Views on Infant Potty Training

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Many Good Reasons to Potty Train Early

I LOVE this article. The author lays out a number of reasons to consider potty training your child while they are young. She and I are like-minded on this subject and I congratulate her for taking time to educate parents about this topic.

Read the full article below:

Infant potty training: the sensible approach for Single Moms

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

School-Age Children Sent to School - Still in Diapers!

This story from the UK talks about a growing trend - that of students in primary school still being in diapers. Read the full story - your jaw will be on the floor by the end.

I'm sorry, but this the most outrageous thing I have ever heard! People are sending their school aged children to school, expecting their TEACHERS to deal with it, and then threatening to sue if the school doesn't want to - All while claiming the school is violating some disabilities act.

Parents, take responsibility and don't add yet another burden to our already over-crowded, under-funded schools and get your children to use the toilet like millions of other "tiny citizens" who have learned at a more appropriate age.

That's my rant for today.

Pupils start school still in nappies - Telegraph

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