Toilet training should be a momentous occasion for both you & your child.
It’s probably one of the last ‘baby’ behaviors that your child will leave behind and another important step towards your child gaining independence.
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There are many different websites, blogs, forums etc. advising you of the best way to toilet train your child.
I have just recently ‘attempted’ to toilet train my almost four-year-old twin girls (I left it until later due to weather, I wanted to wait until the warmer weather).
My girls attend day care 3 days a week & their educators were prompting them to use the toilet and one twin took to it like a duck to water and although she had a few misses to begin with where she wouldn’t quite make it, she went really well otherwise & was super easy to train.
My second twin has more of a difficult nature & is quite stubborn and didn’t want to be toilet trained. After explaining to her that she was also going to start toilet training, I started putting her in undies and she was okay for a week or so but after that it all went out the window.
She wasn’t just having one or two accidents a day, she was just refusing to go to the toilet and was literally spraying my entire house. I went back to basics and set the oven timer for an hour each time and would then take her but she would say she wouldn’t need to go.
She had wet on our couches, chairs, carpet, her bed, the car & everywhere in between. I asked other mums and the educators at day care for advice but I kept receiving differing opinions and just didn’t know what to do.
I felt like such a failure, how could I not toilet train an almost 4 year old child. I’m a mother of two sets of twins and was able to toilet train my first set with minimal hassles so why couldn’t I train Grace?.
I have to admit I was starting to get angry with her. I was cleaning up SO much urine, my furniture was getting ruined & my house was starting to smell like a urinal in a men’s public toilet and it was just disgusting.
I knew that punishment & getting angry wasn’t going to help Grace, I was leaning more towards positive reinforcement but unfortunately there wasn’t very much positive behaviour to praise.
Against my better judgement, I put her into pull ups (but was still encouraging her to use the toilet) but was quite upset about doing so but I was more upset about cleaning up accident after accident so this seemed to be the lesser of two evils.
Out of pure frustration, I stayed up an entire night researching toilet training online, stubborn children, positive reinforcement etc. I read so many articles, watched videos & read real life accounts from people but what resonated with me the most was the Potty Training In 3 days program.
It is a program written by a lady named Carol Cline. You do have to sit through a video but its packed full of information so I persevered and watched it to the end. It encourages you to throw everything out the window that you know about toilet training. All those programs & pre conceived notions are now obsolete.
She also encourages you not to waste money on pull-ups, potty’s that play music and other gimmicks on the market designed with the sole purpose of making money, not potty training your child.
This program has a success rate of 97%, how amazing is that and all in 3 days??!!.
She also adds additional freebies including a one on one coaching consultation that lasts an hour (usually costing $175), rewards charts & printable certificates & also a book she has written called ‘How To Raise Great kids’.
I wish I had of known about these resources about six weeks ago & I wouldn’t have had to clean up litres of stinky urine and launder kilos of towels.
My motto in life is to work smarter and not harder & why wouldn’t I use this program for a small investment (the cost was less than buying pull ups and the water & electricity costs in laundering towels, washing soiled clothes and throwing out soiled underwear from number 2’s).
If you are going to start toilet training soon, rather than mucking around, changing tactics (like I did), causing yourself bucket loads of anxiety that inadvertently your child picks up on and confusing your child, jump on this program that has a 97% success rate. You can’t go wrong!!.
I’m proud to say that thanks to Carol Cline, Grace is 100% potty trained & I’m one happy momma!