When you hear perfectly sane, mature adults conversing about the bathroom
habits of their children, you know youve entered the potty-training zone.
My girls are grown, married with careers and husbands of their own, but I
can still recite the trials and tribulations of that period in our lives. And
I say ours because during the time you are potty-training your
kids, its an all-consuming task. Its all you can talk about. It
probably an exaggeration to say it takes a village, but its
not too far from the truth.
Confidence and perspective are the keys, says Kim Flores, who not only manages
the childrens department at the Library Center, but also the lives of
her three children: Adam, 16, Maya, 5, and Elena, 22 months.
Dont make it a power struggle by expecting results when the child
is not ready, said Flores. Your job is to provide the tools, the
potty seat, introduce the concept and to patiently wait until your toddler
is ready to take one of her first steps toward maturity.
Flores says that reading books about potty training to your toddler is
a wonderful way to introduce the concept. Books on potty-training? Oh,
yes, youll find a hundred or so titles on this intimate subject that
are suitable for reading to your child on the shelves of the eight branches
and bookmobile of the Springfield-Greene County Libraries.
Hands down, Flores chooses Once Upon a Potty written and illustrated
by Alona Frankel as her favorite book on potty-training. When I was working
with Maya, this book went everywhere with us. Its funny but very informative, she
said. And, appropriately, there are separate books for boys and girls. Theres
also a video version available.
Here are some other resources:
To give you the knowledge and information you need to help your toddler, look
to the parent shelves at each library for titles such as The
Everything Potty Training Book by Linda Sonna and Infant
Potty Training: A Gentle Primeval Method by Laurie Boucke.
And, when all else fails, theres this book: Potty
Training for Dummies by Diane Stafford and Jennifer Shoquist.