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About the Author

Lois Kleint, M.A., Ed., has a lifetime of experience in educating parents and children. She speaks with the voice of experience and authority, as a trusted counselor for parents and teachers from coast to coast. Her life’s work as an educator has encompassed not only the roles of early childhood specialist, nursery school director, consultant and lecturer, but also those of school teacher, principal, and superintendent--interwoven, of course, with her own experiences as mother of four and grandmother of nine. Most recently, her dedicated research on early childhood has pioneered new fronts in the discovery, practice and teaching of unique principles for parenting, created to instill positive behavior patterns in the very young child. Her time-proven methods and philosophies are now available in print for parents everywhere.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Creating Gifted Kids Enterprises; 1/30/02 edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971639906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971639904
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew J. Monahan on August 23, 2005
Unlike the two moms who seem to be opposed to the philosophy behind this book, I was very encouraged by Ms. Kleint's approach to parenting and toilet training. It was the first time I heard an author actually discuss the importance of my toddler believing that he can do something by himself. We moms are far too prone to keep them babies and teach them that they need us for everything. Frankly, I agree with Ms. Kleint when she says that most toddlers are looking to us to see what they are capable of, and with a lot of loving encouragement it's amazing what they can do.

I borrowed this book from a friend and I did exactly what it said- no pull-ups and no leaving the house. I was skeptical, because when asked, my son would say that he didn't want to go to the bathroom on the potty and he wanted to wear diapers. However, by the end of the first day he was pretty much potty trained. He had only two accidents and he woke up dry the next day. Any mistakes he's made can be directly linked to my lack of follow through. He's been potty trained now for six months and I'm about to buy the book so I can potty train my daughter next.

Oh, one more thing. Just in case you think this is all in my head, let me tell you one more story. My son got a terrible bout of diahrrea a few months ago and he was having a hard time making it to the bathroom in time. Out of desperation, my husband put a pull-up on my son. Surprisingly enough, my son came to me with tears in his eyes and said, "Mommy, Daddy put a diaper on me!" I took it off of him immediately. We had a few accidents, but it was much more important to me that he knew we had confidence in him and his ability to get to the potty in time. In three days our son learned to use the potty, but he also gained a world of confidence. I don't know why anyone would have anything negative to say about this book.
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I was a little skeptical about training in three days. Other reviewers seemed positive, though, so I ordered this book. It was one of the best purchases I've ever made.

The book itself is short, direct, and gives explicit instructions, which I thought was fantastic. Busy parents can easily read it within an hour or so.

The method presented by the author is effective and easy to follow, but it does require a few things of the potty-trainer.

First, your child must be ready to potty-train. Lois Kleint provides a list of signs indicating readiness.

Second, you must be willing to give up three days to focus on potty training, 24-hours a day. You'll need to stay close to home and the potty. I work outside the home, so I had to take some vacation time to potty train.

Third, you must be willing to put up with some accidents on the floor. In order to be consistent in your messages to the child, this method requires you to toss out the diapers entirely, so you won't be able to switch back and forth between underwear and pull-ups. Does this mean some mistakes on the floor? Absolutely. However, the payoff is that in three days, your child will be potty-trained!!!

Fourth, be diligent and persistent. You'll be running back and forth to the bathroom a lot, and it may become a bit tiring. Hang in there, though. By the end of Day 1, my 2-year-old hadn't pottied in the toilet a single time. Instead, he'd made puddles all over the house, but I could tell the message was getting through because he was really upset every time he had an accident. I was also encouraged by other reviewers who indicated they'd had similar experiences. Day 2 wasn't much better.
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September 2005 Update: I said I would update this review and I just realized that I never did. Basically our son was daytime trained within the 3 days and then it took about 2 weeks to have him dry in the night. We determined that it was early morning when he did wet himself and did try a few of her suggestions but basically he figured it out himself. Nothing was more wonderful that hearing him get up in the night, go to the bathroom, pee, flush the toilet and wash and dry his hands, all by himself. We never used any pull ups or diapers again.

Don't be skeptical; buy the book and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Afterall, who wants a kid in diapers when they're 4!

The 2 previous reviews prompted me to order this book through Amazon.com as it was unavailable in Canada. Seemed like a rather desparate move at the time, but myself and 3 friends felt that it was worth the while.

Its now the evening of Day 3 and it was definately an interesting 3 days. By the end of Day 1, my son, who is 31 months, was very proficient at washing and drying his hands, taking his pants and underwear off and on but definately had no interest in peeing on the potty! We hadn't really tried many methods prior to this and I didn't really want to get into the pull ups scene, which was why Kleint's book was of interest to me.

3/4 of the way through Day 2 we weren't really much farther ahead, I was trying to calmly tell myself that this was the right thing to do and to not just haul all of those diapers out of the garbage and go back to the way it was. The biggest reason that I didn't do this? All I could think of was having to go through what I was going through now at another time.

Then, in the evening of Day 2, it started to click.
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