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Toilet Training in Less Than a Day Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1989
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About the Author
Nathan H. Azrin, Ph.D., is the father of four children and a leading authority on the psychology of learning. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, was a research associate at the Boston University School of Medicine, and has been a lecturer at Harvard's Psychology Department. The former editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, he has published more than 100 studies in the field of learning and psychological treatment.
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We had nothing to lose and I'm glad we tried it because it really does work.
My daughter is very head strong and can be stubborn at the best of times. Our attempts to use the potty always ended in tantrums.
She started the initial training (taking the dolly to the potty) with ease. She loved it. As soon as she had taken the doll off the potty she sat down on the potty and passed urine immediately!
I gave her lots of praise and a small sweet snack and she soon caught on. She revelled in the praise, especially when we kept checking her pants to find they were still dry.
She started to become bored and frustrated at the stage of sitting still on the potty for 10 minutes as she didn't need to use it. The longest I could get her to sit for was around 1 minute. So we rejected the strict time guidelines in the book and just sat for as long as she wanted to so neither of us became frustrated. She was in control.
I don't think the method kicked in until she had her first accident though. She was playing when she wet herself and I said 'No!' sternly as the book outlines. She became upset so I sat down with her and let her know why I said 'no' and why wetting herself is not nice. She responded very well and when I said 'OK, lets practice' she responded even better. She immediately became elated and saw the potty run practice as playing a fun game. She kept saying, 'Again, again!'. She had lots of fun.
She enjoyed helping me to clean the mess and was really eager to go upstairs to find a change of underwear.
We continued the regular checks to see if she was still dry. She stayed dry for half an hour while we played upstairs and then she told me she wanted to poo-poo. So we went straight downstairs and she poo-pooed in her potty! =)
After that, everytime she wanted to urinate, she took herself to the potty, pulled her pants down and sat down to do the business all by herself!
Overall, I believe this method is excellent, as long as you take the strict guidelines such as time spent on the potty, etc with a pinch of salt.
My best advice is to use this method at your child's own pace and let them feel like they are in control. Don't be too strict, use lots of praise and if you don't like the idea of using snacks as rewards, just give the cuddles and verbal praise alone.
For this to be a good experience for both parents and kids, it is essential that your child be "ready" (as defined in the book), both physically and developmentally. If your child does not consistently follow your directions, you need to spend time on obedience training before moving on to toilet training. The book also includes some good suggestions for that.
I challenge the assertion that this method is abusive and out-dated. Each of my kids enjoyed it because they had my undivided attention, one on one, for the entire time. When was the last time your child had your complete attention for 6-8 hours?
You must be willing to do the preparation work, and plan a day or two for training time. You must expect cooporation and obedience from your child, and be prepared to follow through and help them (consistently and gently). Being willing to commit a few days to the process of preparation and training can save you months of frustration, conflict, and changing diapers, while giving your child the pride that comes with learning a new skill, and excercising personal responsibility.
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