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Have you wondered about the best way to potty train your child?

Or do you worry that an older child’s bed-wetting signals a serious problem?


As parents, many of us struggle to sort through varied and often contradictory bits of potty-training advice from childrearing books, peers, grandparents and childcare providers. We wonder when our child should be out of diapers, when toileting “accidents” are something to worry about and what approach will be most effective (and least harmful) in helping our children achieve independence in toileting. This week’s Mom Enough guest, University of Minnesota’s Dr. Andrew Barnes, helps cut through the confusion with both concrete tips and wise advice to remain calm and patient.


What different kinds of advice have you received about potty training and how did that advice come to you? What was helpful and what was not? Please share your thoughts in our REPLY space below!


For a transcript of this show, provided by the Minnesota Department of Education, click here.

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  1. Jenny Hanlon on December 9, 2011

    Great advice! I loved that you spent time discussing the worry of using rewards during toilet training. Rewards are so often recommended to use in these types of situations and it rarely is beneficial to the child not only in the long run, but also in the short term! Thanks for sharing another great podcast!