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To Pee or Not to Pee: Part 1

Posted on: October 27, 2011

My little guy’s two, which naturally brings the topic of potty training into any parent’s mind. It seems two years old and potty training are synonymous. In other words they go together. They shall be born as one. It is time. But is it time really?

We had a plan for our little guy’s potty (mis)adventures. When he was one we bought him a potty, and once in a while he’d have success. It wasn’t forced, but if we thought we detected some potty-deserving action we’d pop him on there. Then around one and a half I bought him a potty-book, all about how it’s done, complete with pictures and words describing the desired actions. Those were back in the days when a lackadaisical approach was ours – afterall we didn’t want to pressure the little guy, nor did we want to stress ourselves out by force-pottying him.

But now that he’s two this potty business has been more active in the forefronts of our minds. And as anyone knows who’s ever looked into it, there is (too) much information out there about how to do it right: they say bribe them with rewards (stickers, chocolate chips, praise, etc.) But as my friend Ali pointed out, couldn’t that just force the little guy to expel a bladder that does not really need expelling, just for the sake of a mini-chocolate? Point taken. So Borys and I came up with another plan: let’s get this potty business done before her royal highness is born this winter. But again, Alison was my voice of reason. She’s a proponent of the waiting til their ready technique as well as the don’t put undue stress on yourselves when it’s not going to work anyway technique

Tune in tomorrow for Part Deux of this tantalizing tale…

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2 Responses to "To Pee or Not to Pee: Part 1"

I totally agree with the “no rewards”. However, I’m not an advocate of “waiting until ready” because it’s the toilet not Mount Everest 🙂

Of course, you don’t have to do the EC route like I did, but you might find this conventional potty training video eye opening. http://ohcrappottytraining.com/the-major-roadblocks-to-potty-training-success-video.html

I also hope you’ll check out Elimination Communication too. I think it will change the whole potty perspective from “looming beast” to “ordinary practical skill”.

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