Potty Training

Mama Drama: Flushing Fears

My three year old was doing great with potty training until we visited the museum and an automatic toilet flushed unexpectedly. He now screams and cries when we take him into any public bathroom. How can we help him get over his fear and handle these flushing monsters? ~Flushed away (photo credit) Dear Flushed Away: Automatic toilets can be disconcerting to both adults and children when their powerful flush whooshes unexpectedly. For young children teetering on the edge of the seat and just beginning to trust in this whole toileting experience, the rushing water and powerful suction can be terrifying. A quick and easy fix for the automatic toilets is to place a sticky note over the sensor. This prevents them from flushing until the paper is removed. Carry a pack in your purse or diaper bag...

Mama Drama: Potty Power

Dear Mama Drama: My question is about potty-training. We would like to start our daughter, who will be 3 next month, in a 3-yr-old preschool program that requires she be potty-trained. She was doing really well, then regressed to going in her diaper when the newness of the potty wore off. So, we’ve started only letting her wear a diaper during naps and night-time. Unfortunately, wetting herself over and over again hasn’t changed her behavior. Even telling her that she can’t start preschool (which she’s excited to go to) until she uses the potty isn’t working. Nor does peer pressure. Should we back off and put her back in pull-ups or keep her in panties and wait this out? Thanks for your help! ~Mama with Diaper Drama (Some additional background information from...

Children’s Hospital Free Parenting Seminar Schedule

Two years ago, my husband and I were in the throes woes of potty training our potty-training-challenged daughter. We had tried everything and were at the end of our ropes. That is when we heard about the Children’s Hospital’s free parenting seminars that include everything from toddler to the teen-age years. Please note the 2009 schedule below. SEMINAR: Counting Sheep: Learn how to evaluate and treat the most common sleep problems, including nighttime awakening or crying, bedtime refusal, nightmares and night terrors. Speaker: Bart Schmitt, MD DATE: Tuesday, Oct. 6 TIME: 7 – 8:30 p.m. LOCATION: The Children’s Hospital at I-225 and East Colfax Avenue, 13123 East 16th Ave., Aurora, CO 2nd floor Conference Center …………………………………………………………………………………………… SEMINAR: Oh, Poo!: Learn how to ...

The Family Pet: To Have or Have Not?

Growing up, we always had pets. There was Peppery the Tomcat who enjoyed knocking up the neighborhood felines and who, despite his amorous inclinations, was a fighter not a lover (I had the battle wounds to prove it). Then there was my beloved Lacey who I trained for the Bichon Frise Summer Olympics against her cousin, Missy. One day on a run, portly Lacey faked an injury. I had no idea dogs even knew how to do that. I loved and cared for my pets even when they did not love me back. I always assumed when I had a family of my own, pets would become a part of our life. Except they’re not. My 4-year-old daughter Hadley adores animals and constantly begs us for a pet. I think if we already had one when we became parents, it would be different. But my husband issued a decree we would not ...

MakeBeliever Makes a Believer Out of Me (Plus Giveaways)

[photopress:santa_pic.jpg,thumb,pp_image]I have discovered what is perhaps the most innovative, brilliant and gloriously manipulative Santa tool EVER. Let’s face it – those mall Santas are clueless with their fake beard and padded stomach. They don’t know who your child is or care what they want for Christmas. Enter MakeBeliever.com. It is a highly personalized Flash video from a live Santa that you create for the recipient of your choice, delivered by email. Recipients like…say…for your children. Children who just may have been nice or who may need a little “naughty” nudge in the right direction. Like in the direction towards a potty.

Another One Bites the Dust

Kyra, my two-year-old, recently attended a day care where you were considered an over-the-hill parent at 25, where everyone (disabled or not) parked in the disabled parking spaces, left their Hummers humming, and allowed rappers named after pocket change to cascade freely through their open windows. Sure, it wasn’t ideal, but we probably could have been more tolerant had it not been for the fact my two-year-old’s older sister was enrolled in another day care, one more conveniently located, one whose staff would use the word “profession” to describe their line of work, as opposed to the dreaded JOB. The reason that Kyra wasn’t at the same day care with Emma was because of their policy to only take children who are fully potty-trained. Something that Kyra was no...

In search of potty-training tricks of the trade

I have four children between the ages of ten and two. Three of them are fully potty-trained. What that means is that I was able to teach bright, albeit somewhat incoherent human beings, how to control their bodily waste removal function. Three times. Me. The girl who’s too lazy to wear shoes with laces. It’s interesting because if I knew someone who had taught three children under the age of three on three different occasions how to crochet a doily, I’d call that person a doily crocheting pro. If I knew someone who thrice taught children how to make Chicken a la King, I’d say they were probably The Queen of Chicken a la King. Three successive attempts at teaching them to change the oil in the car? You guessed it. The Oil Changing Authority. Yet, teaching a small chi...