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Potty Training Boys the Easy Way: Helping Your Son Learn Quickly--Even If He's a Late Starter Paperback – June 30, 2009
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“To use two bad puns, just when you think the market for potty-training books is saturated, along comes a new one that is worth the price tag, even though it’s a little dry. Writing specifically about boys, pediatrician Fertleman (Whittington Hosp., UK) and health editor Cave present a concise plan in fewer than 120 pages, which ambitious moms can read during baby’s nap. It is simple and factual and does an excellent job of addressing common counter-arguments. Guides for determining if your son is ready and tips for preparation until he is (e.g., let him see himself peeing in the bath) are excellent. Overeager parents would do well to read about the role of the hormone vasopressin in bedwetting.”
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Simone Cave is a longtime health editor at the Daily Mirror.
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1. First of all, I agree with other reviewers' comments about the inaccurate and unhelpful sexist comments in the book. Every child has their own personality and not all boys lack common sense, just as not all girls have common sense. The sexist slant is pervasive throughout the book and shapes the advicee given based on the authors' assumptions.
2. The other problem that I have with this book is that it is (in my opinion) biased against anyone who does start potty training before 3 years old. It is fine that the book is accepting of late potty trainers and I'm sure that it is reassuring to a lot of parents out there that they are not alone and not too late. However, the book goes too far and looks down at those who start earlier as well as those who have employed elimination communication. The book states that "until recently it was fashionable to get babies out of diapers as young as possible." The fact that they call it "fashionable" for those parents who have worked hard to potty train their children earlier, and to no detriment of the child is offensive. In fact, I think that the term "fashionable" applies better to the current trend of later and later potty training. The authors state that "if you don't rush it, potty training will actually take less time in the long run" and "even if you do manage to potty train your son early in his second year, he's then more likely to have a setback... than if you'd waited..." but they do not have any evidence or cite any studies to support these statements. They are simply thrown out there as if they were fact.Read more ›
I did rather appreciate the author's idea of potty training in sessions rather than inundating my toddler all day long with bathroom routines. He has a short attention span and low frustration tolerance if he doesn't catch onto a new task right away, so putting "big boy underwear" on him for a few hours a day and training (while gradually upping the amount of time we work on it over a series of weeks) seems to me to be an entirely reasonable and manageable approach. It takes some of the pressure off the parent and the child. I don't see that this technique is boy specific. I think I'll use on it on my daughter as well.
Like some reviewers, I did find the author to be sexist when she writes that boys lack common sense that girls are born with. I do not disagree that there are innate, fundamental differences between the sexes but found the authors word choices to be rude and short-sighted. It did cause me to doubt the strength of the rest of the book.
The author did seem to have an inclination to stay at home mostly through potty training. She did mention that public restrooms are dirty and did offer alternate suggestions for going out including that some parents take a portable potty with them or carry spare sets of clothing for just in case. I can't imagine how my family would suffer if I dropped all responsibility just to potty train.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed reading about a more relaxed approach. It works for our family. We travel a lot so to be able to do it in sessions is a great thing.Published 40 minutes ago by Evelyn Lee Philistine
Love this book, S has made great strides in potty training and we are so close to being Underwear Champs!Published 11 months ago by Melissa Lathen
Read this front to cover. The book was very beat up (not that I cared) but the content itself was very repetitive and seemed silly at times. Read morePublished 12 months ago by charlo213
Following the method in this book was disastrous waste of an opportunity to potty train our boy. The tepid, "maybe later," little-bit-here little-bit-there approach failed... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kirk Saunders