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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Parenting Press; Second Edition, Second edition edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965047717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965047715
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jan Faull is a well-known child development and behavior specialist. She is the parenting columnist for The Seattle Times and the author of four books on parenting, including Unplugging Power Struggles, published by Parenting Press.

Helen F. Neville is a pediatric nurse and educator known for her parent-friendly books on child development and temperament. She is also the author of Is This a Phase, and co-author of Temperament Tools, both published by Parenting Press.

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It's information is easy & quick to read, and well organized.
ZenMomColorado
I have a toddler who is 2 ½ yrs old who I had tried every approach I could find on potty training without much success.
S. Williams
We found that if you read one chapter a day, you can finish the whole book in less than 2 weeks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ZenMomColorado on February 1, 2012
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I am a mother of 6, and was a Home Daycare Provider for years, so I have potty trained my own kids and then some. I read several other books on potty training before I came accross this one, and out of all the books I've read, I'm recommending this one.
I chuckled as I read it, because it includes phrases that I've used to give advice to parents for years, almost word for word. It's information is easy & quick to read, and well organized. I also thought the overall layout of the book was well-thought out, especially because it includes useful tips for different scenarios, parenting styles and children's dispositions.
I have one "correction" to the book, if you will. On page 97 the author asserts that, "Preschools that insist all children be trained by age three may lack a basic understanding about variation in child development." This is largely innacurate, the madatory toilet training has more to do with the type of license that a preschool has. In Colorado, for example, some preschools have a license that allows them to care for children 2.5 - 5 yrs, and allows them to change diapers; some preschools have a license to teach children 3 yrs+ and does not allow them to provide diaper changing services on site. I have one of each a few blocks from my home. I would also add to this section that Home Daycare providers, even though they are only caring for 6-12 children at a time are still caring for much younger infants than preschools and mixed age groups, which sometimes makes sudden potty training and maintaining a sanitary environment impossible to do simultaneously; therefore, most providers require at least *some* work on potty training at home first before moving out of diapers during the day. Parents should not expect others to train their child for them.
All that said, it's not enough to knock a star off of my reivew. This is a good resource, and the book I'm going to recommend to parents from now on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Williams on June 8, 2009
Mommy! I Have to Go Potty! is one of the best resources I have found for Potty Training. It is extremely thorough as well as easy to read. I love all of the topics the book covers as well as the extensive amount of real-life examples it gives for children of various ages.

Whether you want to start early potty training with an infant who is 18 months old, or you are having a difficult time potty training your toddler, or you have a child who is 12 years old and still having difficulty with bedwetting, this is the book for you!

I have a toddler who is 2 ½ yrs old who I had tried every approach I could find on potty training without much success. I then purchased "Mommy! I have to Go Potty!" and after trying new approaches the book suggested as well as being more educated on the subject, my toddler is now successfully potty trained.

Mommy! I Have to Go Potty! just makes so much sense and I cannot say enough positive things about it. Buy the book today, you will not be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judith G. Rogers on June 29, 2009
As an occupational therapist who works with families with many different needs, I find this book extremely helpful--in particular, the chapter on toileting Children with Special Needs. The book is very thorough--covering many areas. The personal vignettes throughout are very helpful to parents. Discussion of how temperament affects toilet training has given me a better understanding of people in general. I have been able to use this information not only in my work, but to help other parents as well, to better understand their child's needs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Model T's mom on January 12, 2011
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We've read a few and we like this one. It has a great way of identifying what type of parenting style you have and shares with you some of the downfalls you need to keep and eye out for. It also gives you a great check list of what you should be looking for in terms of your child's preparedness and the different personalities that most children have as well as how you should address their types of personalities. I love the different examples from other parents and how they handled things. I am also impressed with the special needs sections in the back. Though we are fortunate to not have to use that section, it is very educational and seems that it would be helpful to other parents who may need it. I think that this book's approach is to find where your personality and your child's personality meet and then come up with a solution on how to train them. I am encouraged and realize that though some kids may be able to be trained at 4 or 6 months or maybe over a weekend, that ours isn't one of those but with some good leg work in the beginning and an ease into this, I'm confident that this will be successful. I also think that your child's readiness developmentally and physically does play a huge role in this. So far, great format, great read and very helpful. We've moved along pretty easily with success.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 11, 2009
Now in an updated second edition, "Mommy! I Have to Go Potty! A Parent's Guide to Toilet Training" is a guide for parents who are facing this arduous task where they are trying to help their young children make that big leap to using the grown up toilet. With advice on dealing with the wide array of challenges that inevitably appear during this tough process for the child, "Mommy! I Have to Go Potty!" is a strong choice for any parent who dreads these challenges.
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