Category Archive: Setting Expectations

May 06

Potty Training Boys

There is a lot of talk about the fact that boys take longer to potty train than girls. Does science back up the anecdotes you hear? Several studies show that on average, boys are ready to train later than girls, and take longer to train than girls. In one study in Wisconsin in the 1990’s, …

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Apr 30

Parent Readiness

There is much discussion about “child readiness” with potty training. Every book, website and expert has their own version of a readiness checklist. Some of them are pretty good, while others are ridiculous. Your child doesn’t need to be able to stay dry for several hours and say “mommy I have to pee” before potty …

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Apr 25

Potty Training – Conflicting Information

We are bombarded with information about potty training from our friends, family, the internet, books, experts, your child’s doctor, and at times there are pieces of advice that will completely clash with something else you have been told. This is a major milestone and it can be a very confusing time. Our children are all …

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The New Normal

All your child’s life you have been having them pee and poop in their diaper. If your child is 26 months old, consider that you have been “diaper training” them for 26 months.  The older your child is, the longer they have been “diaper trained”. When you introduce the potty or toilet, you are attempting …

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