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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
“…must-have for parents and caregivers confronting the crucially important developmental milestone that is potty training.” —Library Bookwatch
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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But, what happens if your child doesn't fit into ANY of those categories? My son likes the sense of accomplishment and praise, but is also willing to give up easily. So, not goal-oriented. He is not sensitive at all to fabrics, noise, or water temperature. So, not sensory-oriented. He is most definitely willing to explore away from his parents. So, not an internalizer. He is quite active (what toddler isn't?), but he can also sit still and flip through a book or color for some time. So, not impulsive. He likes to be independent and doesn't like to be told "no" (what child does?), but his tantrums are over quickly and his attention can be easily re-directed. So, not strong-willed. So, now what?
This book is so focused on tailoring potty training for each of these five personality types that I found this book to be useless. After the quizzes in the first chapter, there is a chapter on readiness and a chapter on universal strategies. Following those are five individual chapters on each of the five personality types. Frankly, it was too boring and inapplicable to me for me to read through all of those five chapters; I merely skimmed.
If your child happens to fit one of these five personality types, then this book might be worth checking out. If not, then skip it. The information isn't bad. The general philosophy is an easy going, stress free one with an emphasis that you should not pressure or reprimand your child. That seems sensible enough. But, I think there are better books out there on potty training. If you want something that is gentle, stress free, and easy going, then I recommend Pantley's The No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Say Good-Bye to Diapers (Pantley).
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This is not a straight shooter book, it's definitely more on the academic side.Read more