Dr. Chris Snellgrove

Dr. Chris Snellgrove is an English Professor and veteran freelance writer. However, his most difficult student has always been his own son! He struggled and eventually succeeded with potty training his son, and went on to apply those skills to training his nephews.

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Are Rewards for Potty Training Necessary?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, behaviors are more likely to continue when followed by a positive consequence, like a reward. However, when it comes to potty training, there are opposing opinions, and both sides of the argument have valid points. This is only meant to help with a dilemma. You have to do what you believe will work for your child. Nonetheless, when I started researching whether or not to reward your child when potty training, I started questioning my own methods.

potty training with consistency and repetition

Potty Training with Consistency and Repetition

The first day of potty training did not go well. My wife and I told my then two-year-old daughter that we felt like she needed to walk over to the toilet, pull down her underwear and use the bathroom.

For us adults, it seemed incredibly simple. To a toddler, not so much. Despite asking my daughter almost every five minutes if she needed to use the bathroom, she said she was okay. She would then pee on the floor. It was an imperfect process that showed its flaws.

5 numbers to know before you start potty training

Potty Training Schedule: 5 Numbers to Know Before Potty Training

One stereotype about guys that happens to be true is that we like numbers. We’re not always good with feelings and emotions, but we’re happy with any cold, hard facts we can get our hands on.

This is true for potty training our kids as well. There are a lot of “experts” out there, but it can be hard to get any real data that you can use.

These are the kinds of numbers you need to make potty training easier, but they are hard to find. Fortunately, we’ve put together a definitive guide to five numbers to know before you start potty training your kid.

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4 Weird Potty Training Myths You Need to Bust

Myths are funny things. Sometimes, they are just a matter of simple repetition: you hear something enough times, and you think it’s true. Other times, they are a function of hope: you want to believe something is true, so you cling to anyone who agrees with you.

With potty training, it’s a little of “column A” and a little of “column B.” There are many myths passed down by our friends, family, and community…and there’s quite a few that we fathers cling to because we’re terrified of potty training our kid!

However, it’s time to rip the band-aid off and face reality. Here are four of the biggest potty training myths and the dirty truth behind them!

the buy's guide to potty training girls

The Guy’s Guide to Potty Training Girls

When it comes to potty training, guys have an obvious advantage when they are potty training their sons. Even if you don’t know a lot about potty training methodology, you’ve got a similar body and temperament—how hard could it be?

But when a guy is potty training a girl, it ramps up to “very hard, very fast!” You don’t have the same early childhood experience that your daughter has had, so it makes it a lot tougher to just wing it.

Fortunately, we’ve collected some ace tips to help you potty train a girl like you’ve been doing it all your life.

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Potty Training While Traveling

When a dad is trying to potty train his kids, there’s a lot that can go wrong. However, you do have a few things going for you, like the home field advantage of training your kids inside of your home.

However, life is what happens when you’re making potty training plans, and you end up losing that advantage when you go on a vacation. This puts a lot of dads in a bind. Should you cancel the vacation? Hit the snooze button on the training? Or something else entirely?

We’ve got some advice for you: don’t give up. We’ve created the perfect guide for how you can successfully potty train while traveling!

4 potty training mistakes every father should avoid

4 Potty Training Mistakes Every Father Should Avoid

Chances are you like to get everything right the first time. Moreover, you like to do things on your own. That’s part of being a guy: we pretty much invented not asking for help!

When it comes to potty training, getting everything right is more important than ever. Mistakes translate to messy kids, messy clothes, and an even messier home. You want to avoid as many rookie mistakes as possible.

Fortunately, we’ve got the definitive guide to the potty training mistakes to avoid at all costs.

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Balancing Daycare Potty Training and Home Potty Training

Potty training a child at home is already a tricky task. However, potty training a kid while they also spend a little (or maybe a lot) of time at daycare can be a nightmare.

Fortunately, all it takes to keep the nightmare at bay is finding the right balance. Basically, you and the daycare teachers need to be on the same page, because potty training your child will be a group effort.

Here are some handy tips for achieving the balance you need!

training: the schedule no one told you about

The Potty Training Schedule No One Told You About

One of the things that makes potty training confusing for guys is that for such a simple task, it can become so chaotic.

Ironically, teaching this “simple” thing can get pretty complex. On the upside, it involves something guys are a bit more comfortable with: making a schedule!

That’s right. All those parents who potty-trained their children quickly were secretly working from a training schedule they developed. Here’s what you need to know to create the potty schedule.

3 potty training techniques that demonstrate potty training

3 Potty Training Techniques That Demonstrate Potty Training

All the experts agree: one of the best ways to help your kid with potty training is to demonstrate what they have to do. This helps everything seem more natural to your children.

Just one problem: This can be weird for us! Guys don’t even like to be too close to another person at public urinals. The idea of demonstrating good toilet habits to a very young child feels downright strange.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve put together a definitive list of ways that you can demonstrate potty training, all without making it weird for everyone involved.