Review: Stress-Free Potty Training: A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child by Sara Au, Peter L. Stavinoha


Category: Parenting

Published: October 2015

Read: 2016

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Successful potty training begins with the approach that is right for your child. Is your toddler frightened of the process, afraid even to go near the bathroom? Or does he or she seem to know when it’s time to go, but can’t quite make it there in time? This insightful guide helps take the stress out of the situation. The book distinguishes between common childhood personality types, providing simple strategies tailor-fit for your child, whether he or she is sensitive or stubborn, cautious or impulsive, goal-oriented or clinging to diapers. A quick quiz helps you pinpoint which method will work best. You’ll learn how to:

• Determine your child’s readiness
• Build on each success—without adding undue pressure
• Handle accidents and temporary setbacks
• And more

Now in its second edition, Stress-Free Potty Training also provides targeted techniques for challenges including toilet training resistance and refusal to poop as well sensory issues. Filled with straight talk and practical advice, it takes the worry out of this important life transition.

Review: What can I say? Let’s talk pee and poop. The only ones who will appreciate this review are parents. At some point we all have to go through this with your children and it can be very easy, or as in my case right now it’s difficult.
I am currently pregnant and have a toddler that I started to try to potty train but have stopped due to it not working. I decided to pick up this book to see if I can get any tips. Keep in mind I have not read any other potty training books so I have nothing to compare to.

potty-training-clipart-1This is not the easiest read. As it’s a lot of information to take in but you can really by-pass a lot of it. It starts out with a quiz to find out your child’s personality from a list of ones. My son is a “strong-willed child” which means he’s very independent and likes to do things on his own terms and succeeds when he feels like he’s in control. This is him for sure, and most of the description for this personality was dead on. Than you get in to specific things like different techniques to use and what not to use, how to start to get them to realize when you have to go and how to reward them without treats or toys. After that, you can read specific techniques for your child’s personality which means you can bypass a lot of the middle of the book. After this, you can talk about set backs (i.e. having a new baby come in the house) and when you need to know to back off or not. bbf034d7ffd43b195cd15ceacedfeb5b

There were some great tips and a lot of reassurance throughout the book which was great. I found the best part is the last on how to back off or go forward and what to do to start back up again with the training if there happens to be a set back.

I gave it four out of five stars because as usual with these types of books it was hard to get through and it took me a while. It wasn’t so intriguing that I was fully engrossed and “couldn’t put it down”. As far as some of the parenting books go, it was informative and I am happy I read it. Don’t know if I will be doing anymore potty training books but at least I can say I read one.

So good luck with the training, if you need help I say pick this up and give it a try. You might learn something new.





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