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.




Review: Secrets of Smart Parents Raising Their Smarter Kids: A Short Guide of Easy, Quick, Joyful Parenting Techniques by Kavitha Sriram


Category: Parenting

Published: 2015

Read: 2016

Score: 3/5

Synopsis: How many of us read terms and conditions before signing up for any websites? Well, I don’t. To many of us, the same thing applies to parenting also. We become parents before we are ready for it and for blessed few after many preparations still it remains a puzzle. Come take the journey with me of real life experiences and amazing stories.
Even if we think we are ready, again it doesn’t seem to be enough! Are you anxious about your parenting methods? Would like to know other parents methods and results? You have come to the right place. This book gives you real life examples of different parents, their experiences, their techniques, lessons and stories to give you an entertaining and informative reading experience.
Find out the secrets of smart parents to grow your children with excellent learning and social skills, creative abilities and teach your children complicated life lessons in a simple and fun way. Learn the parenting skills needed to grow with your smarter child. KidsPlaying

Review: This was a fast read indeed.It’s very short and to the point about a lot of things. You can tell it is a first book for this author but it’s a good first book and I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with next.

You get everything in here from school work, to dealing with the loss of a loved one, de-cluttering their room, and even the usual child is not listening to me.

There is helpful advice, although I would have liked it a bit more elaborated, again it is very to the point and is great advice I know I will even be using with my own son.

The best part about this book was the stories that came with it. There were great stories that really brought the point home and you could tell that they meant a lot to the author as well as went along with the message she was trying to convey. My favourite one was at the end about a women who wrote this for Today’s Parents about her Granny and how she was trying to teach her that kids need to have their own life too, we can’t do everything for them. It was a great story and true. Raise-a-Smart-Baby-Step-12

This is a fun easy read if you like these sorts of things. I would also recommend it to anyone who wants to read parenting books…but find it hard to read parenting books. Trust me I totally understand that.