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Potty Training for Dads Isn’t Different

Once the kids are in bed for the night, I will sometimes take my dog for a walk around the neighborhood and call my dad. It is a relaxing way for us to catch up, and a nice way to end what is usually a stressful day. While most of our conversations focus on baseball, we do talk about general life, as well. As I’ve become a parent in the last few years, the conversation inevitably turns to my two children and some of the struggles of parenting them. My dad sometimes has good advice, but there are other times where he’ll say something along the lines of “your mother dealt with most of that; I was at work.

Potty Training: Preschool Potty Training Policy

As my wife and I started to think about potty training, almost every online resource gave the same advice: wait for the child to tell you they are ready. This could be the child saying they no longer want to wear diapers, or a desire to use the toilet like mom and dad.
While I have no doubt this is the best advice, my wife and I found ourselves in a slightly different situation. We had a deadline.

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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.

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!

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Fun Potty Training Tips

Let’s be honest: Potty training is not fun.
Between the stress, frustration, and clean-up, potty training can be a particularly not fun time for parents, especially when children struggle to learn. That stress, though, cannot find its way to the child. If potty training becomes a miserable experience – filled with yelling, scolding, and generally not fun times – kids will likely come to dread the potty training experience.

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Is My Child Ready to Toilet Train?

Remember, you’re the parent, you should decide when the time is right. Many parents today ask their children if they are ready, and when they child says no, the parents decide they don’t want to upset their little one. Why would they say yes? Diapers is all they have known, it works for them, why change?

Well right now, your child needs a parent, not a friend.

4 potty training tips you can learn from your wife

4 Potty Training Tips You Can Learn From Your Wife

A lot of men like to think of themselves as masters of all trades. When it comes to potty training, though, it’s easy for us to get lost. That’s when you need to seek out a higher power.

No, we’re not talking about God (though you may speak—or shout—to him a lot during the potty training process). We’re talking about your wife. She’s likely got a lot of family wisdom about potty training, and her maternal instincts give her an edge.

If you want to master this skill, it’s time to bow down to your sensei. Here are a few of your wife’s secrets that you can—and should—learn right away.

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Potty Training Differences in Boys and Girls

Potty training is challenging regardless of your toddler’s gender. That said, potty training boys is a bit different than potty training girls. While it is obvious that males and females use the bathroom differently, there are some other distinct potty training differences parents may run into when potty training boys versus girls.