Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Authors: Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha, Ph.D.
“Potty training encompasses not only teaching new skills to your child, but also unlearning behaviors they thought they already had down pat. There’s no getting around it, potty training is a huge undertaking for both kids and parents alike.” Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha state in the introduction to their book, Stress-Free Potty Training – A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child.
At one hundred and eighty-three pages, this paperback book is targeted toward parents looking for different approaches to potty-training their young child. After an introduction and philosophy that promotes viewing the topic from the child’s point of view, there are nine chapters and a helpful alphabetical topical index.
In this simple, direct and effective book, parents first take a quiz that is broken down to five sections so they can determine the personality or temperament of their child. Almost a dozen questions are directed to the parents to focus on their intentions, expectations and goals.
Next the determining of the readiness to potty-train the child is mentioned involving his or her physical, cognitive and emotional status. Using a table of twenty-eight skills by both sexes, the chart includes twenty-two to forty-eight months ages of training levels.
Once the child’s personality is determined of being one of goal-directed, sensory-oriented, internalizes, impulsive or strong-willed, there are universal strategies given. Each chapter following explains each personality and how to set the stage, start training, guide, direct and follow up for that temperament. The final chapter is about interruptions and set-backs.
In each of the personality chapters, there are talking conversations for both dad and mom to use with the child, tips for boys and girls in handling hygiene issues, and how to overcome problems as they arise.
The authors recommend teaching potty-training when there will be no major interruptions such as another baby or recent move. Using praise instead of rewards, having naked time for observing their bodies, and not punishing for a dirty diaper or accident will encourage and promote the transition to using a toilet properly.
Since a parent knows his or her child best being around him or her twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, there is no magic standard solution to potty training. However, with this book, it gives each parent of specific personality-type children a great resource that will accomplish the goal as stress-free as possible.
This book was furnished by AMACOM in lieu of an unbiased review.
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