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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814401627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814401620
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“…gives each parent of specific personality-type children a great resource that will accomplish the goal as stress-free as possible.” --Book Pleasures

Book Description

No two children experience the toilet-training process in exactly the same way. While some kids might be afraid to even go near the bathroom, others may know when to go...but still never seem to make it there in time. This helpful guide takes the stress out of this challenging rite of passage, giving parents much-needed advice to help them identify what approach will work for their child’s temperament. The book distinguishes between common childhood personality types, providing easy techniques tailor-fit for all kinds of kids, whether they’re stubborn or willful, clinging to diapers, afraid to move on, or just late-bloomers. The book shows how to:

determine a child’s readiness to begin potty training • gradually move children past their existing comfort zone, without causing undue pressure • handle accidents and temporary setbacks

This straight-talking guide enables readers to help every child make this important life transition free of worry and in the way that’s right for him or her.


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I found this book very informative and very comforting in its approach.
Janet L
I feel like the book has also helped us to become better parents as well as potty-trainers.
K. Flores
After reading this book I realized I was doing it all wrong for his kind of personality.
MomofTwo

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By M. Steinhaus on June 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is great!! It offers specific, easy to follow advice based on your child's individual temperment... We started potty training before reading this book. It's our first child and I've been working on tips and advice from various sources... This book seems to put it all together... I've found myself in nearly exact situations this book has described-- and it definately offers some techniques I hadn't thought of or tried...
Basically, if you're not committed to one style or method --and why would you be, every child is different-- this is an excellent book with a wide variety of techniques, advice and tools to help make this experience as pleasant as can be for you and your little one!
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mother of Twins on May 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book gives great, sound advice that tells you how to tailor your potty training to your child's personality.

You first take a quiz to determine your child's personality type, then it gives you universal potty training techniques followed by techniques for each of the 5 personality types.

It teaches you ways to prepare your child for potty-training months before you actually think you'll go diaper-free, so read this early--when your child is around 12-18 months.

Just before I read this book, I started my 3rd attempt at potty-training my nearly 3 year old twin boys and was finally having some success. When I read it, a lot of the the tips it gave were the things I had already figured out after much trial and error (and frustration). If I had read this book a year ago, I think I would have saved myself much of that frustration.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By B. Smarsh on July 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has really helped me with, even more than potty training my daughter (which worked!!), but alleviating my worries - I didn't want to put pressure on her, but I also needed to get her trained before she started school. I thought it would take all Summer, but it didn't!! Great advice, great stories. I highly recommend this book for first time, nervous parents.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Blue-Eyed Baby Boy on August 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wow! This is a must-read and must-have for all parents potty training. I read 15 books on potty training as I prepared to potty train my son and this book was FABULOUS, the cream of the crop. It addresses the concept that children have different personalities and learning styles. As my husband and I took the quiz about our son we realized strong characteristics in him that made a difference in how we approached the potty. I would recommend it to everyone!! If you are potty training a boy, I would also recommend Potty Training Boys the Easy Way by Caroline Fertleman. Both books are quick, easy reads with practical, common sense approaches to potty training! You won't be disappointed!!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By LandonsMom on August 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book had very good ideas, and I liked the fact that they try to teach you based on your childs personality type. According to the book my child is "Strong Willed" and it basically tells you that he will potty train himself on his own schedule and there is not really much you can do about it. As a mother of a 3 year old who has basically tried everything being told to sit back and wait wasnt very helpful for me. The book had good ideas and it may work for some but it was a waste of $20.00 for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Marsh on January 8, 2010
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I read about "potty traing in 3 days" type of approaches and tried that when my son was about 2.5 years old. The beginning was good. He quickly got the fact that bare bottom means a mess on a floor, so he started going on the potty on his own... Since he was doing so good with bear bottom, I thought that meant he was ready for this and we were happy he got it so quickly... However, as soon as we put his pants or underwear on, he lost interest in the potty. He's very independent, so having to tell us he has to go so we can help him pull his pants down did not interest him. At the same time, he had not much luck pulling them down on his own. That lead eventually to frustration on both sides and eventually we gave up after a couple of months. Then I got this book. While I kind of knew right away which personality type was my son before I even took the quiz at the beginning, and a lot of advices were "common sense" which I already figured out on my own, it still helped a lot. Having read the appropriate chapters for my son's personality, I was able to sort out things I should or should not do and most importantly, stick with it other than wonder if this is really right for him. 3 months after a failed 1st attempt, we tried again, and this time, he's doing much better. It helps that now he can pull down and pull up his pants on his own, too so he can do a lot by himself and feels that he's in charge. Listening to your friend's or family advice is nice, but their child personality might be totally different than yours. Things that encourage other children may work in the opposite way for your child. If you have an 'angel' type of child, maybe generic approaches described in other books will be good for you, but one size rarely fits all.Read more ›
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Clayton on June 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Admittedly, I've read my fair share of potty-training tomes touting the "one-day-and-you're-done" theories and have only become more intimidated & frustrated, further from potty training our toddler than before. Therefore I was skeptical as I believe potty training is not "Stress-Free" but I now believe that the subtitle "Common Sense" is much more applicable after reading Dr. Stavinoha's book. His approach is just what we have searched for & intuitively knew: not all children are the same (and why would we want that?).

However, after reading "Stress Free", I was relieved to learn that we're not the only family for whom this is a tough process (and no, it is NOT done in a day) and that like most people we are not behind because we didn't train my child as 3 month old infant. In fact, once I read the book, I was confident that my child can learn quickly when we're aware of the signs (that she's ready) and we're consistent.

This book is a fairly quick read with well organized & concise with an emphasis listening to your child, maintaining a consistent routine & once you've begun, he recommends encouraging your child with love & affection rather than stickers, toys, gadgets, et al --- common sense, indeed! I highly recommend this book and am grateful for my good friend who told me about it, too. Best of luck & don't fret: your child won't go to college in diapers!
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