It's one of life's first rites of passage: somewhere around the age of 26 months, toddlers are introduced to the potty. Some take to it right away; some need a little more time or encouragement. Some, however, seem to have no interest in training at all or, indeed, seem bound and determined to resist it. And no matter how often a neighbor or relative tells you 'No one ever packs diapers when they go way to college', you're beginning to think your child might be destined to enter the Guinness Book of Records for longest continuous use of Pampers and Pull-Ups. In "The Pocket Idiot's Guide[trademark] to Potty Training Problems", Alison D. Schonwald, also known as 'The Poop Doctor' of Boston's Children's Hospital, addresses the needs of parents and their reluctant toddlers in a warm, reassuring manner that will calm nerves and ease tension all around.
This work helps you: find out where the reluctance comes from - or is it simply your child's way of taking charge; take stock: is the problem your child's or the result of your hectic schedule; inspire your child by making your bathroom kid-friendly; locate the problem: multiple caregivers, several approaches and expectations - confused toddler; design a step-by-step plan to training; determine when - or if - it's time to take a potty training break; use praise but not punishment; and, implement incentives that work.
Alison D. Schonwald, M.D., FAAP, is an attending physician in the Developmental Medicine Center of Children's Hospital in Boston, where she has worked since 2001. In that time, she has been the director of the Child Development Rotation, medical director of the Preschool Testing Team, and course director of Developmental Pediatrics. In addition, she is an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has written and contributed to dozens of publications, abstracts, and presentations and has been interviewed on potty training and other toddler issues on CNN and in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and online. George G. Sheldon is a full-time writer based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, this is his nineteenth book. When he was 14, George received his first published credit. Now a grandfather and in his fifth decade of writing for publication, the subjects of his books have varied over the years. One of his latest books, When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg, earned a place on the Washington Post's best-seller list.