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3.0 out of 5 stars Potty training Do It Yourself style, 27 April 2003
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This review is from: Potty Training In One Week (Making parenting easier) (Paperback)
This book contains many valuable pointers not only on potty training, but also on behaviour management in general. It is easy to read with simple language and clear narrative. However, I found myself irritated at the author, who seems never to miss a chance to plug her other book. The book reads almost as a DIY manual, with step by step instructions and dire warnings about deviated from the "right way". I found it prescriptive and if you like that sort of thing, this book will definitely help you with potty training.
I just think that we need to be careful when dictating parenting to other people. This author has very clear views about what is and is not acceptable. She seems to imply that the child must be potty trained within the week or else one has failed, and I cannot agree with this. What is the problem if it takes longer? Surely such pressure would be counterproductive?
I also found the authors' smug self-satisfaction quite irritating. She delights in regaling the reader with anecdotes about when she triumphed over a challenging behavioural problem. I'm sure the stories are true, but still nauseating when written in a "me wonderful me" manner.
However, in spite of that, there are very good pointers for when you are struggling with potty training and this book is worth reading, preferably before you start training your toddler.
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