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Stress-Free Potty Training: A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child Paperback – May 28, 2008

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814401627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814401620
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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69 of 72 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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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Mother of Twins on May 3, 2009
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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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2008
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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DLH on March 16, 2011
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Potty training by personality type? Really? Humans have been potty training their children for years without books and programs and personality diagnoses. Thanks, but no thanks. We can do this ourselves.

A year ago, when my husband, son, and I began the potty training process, I didn't believe we needed this book or any other book about potty training. However, I was getting a little desperate and willing to try just about anything. My 3-year-old boy has had #2 down perfectly for months (yay!), but recognizing the need for #1 was elusive. This book came very highly recommended by my neighbor. Figured it was worth a shot. Maybe we do need some help.

The book begins with some universal potty training tips. We had already tried several of these things with our son and most of them seemed to be fairly helpful and on target. The next section is the quiz to determine your child's personality type followed by chapters devoted to each of the types. My child had one dominate type, with high marks in two others. I read all three of those sections and have since been implimenting the advice. I am delighted to say that we have seen drastic changes in our child's progress! We've changed our approach and methods of guidance and now he's more excited than ever about using the potty and is realizing the importance and benefit of doing so. Meanwhile, my husband and I are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
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