Excerpt: 'Potty Train Your Child In Just One Day'

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Can you really potty train your child in just one day? Speaker-author-consultant Teri Crane says it's possible.

In her book, "Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day," Crane, known as the Potty Pro, provides tools to help parents and their children reach one of the most important milestones in their lives.

Crane has tips for themed potty parties -- such as a seriously silly circus, a cartoon character carnival and a magic carpet express -- and supplies parents with everything they will need. Teri says that a potty party day engages a child in potty training in a way that no other method has before -- by speaking a toddler's language. She says it will motivate your child to want to go to the bathroom, and to keep on going.

You can read an excerpt from "Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day" below.

The Secret's Out -- Potty Parties Are In!

To every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.

-- Mary Poppins

Every day I'm besieged by telephone calls from moms who are confused, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Mostly they're at wit's end. They beg me for the secrets to potty training their children. And no matter what their particular potty woes might be, how long they've been trying to train their child, or how harrowing their bathroom battles, I invariably recommend a single, one-size-fits-all solution: Have a One-Day Potty-Training Party!

Kids love parties. In Toddler-Speak, a party means fun, games, cake, candy, presents, and prizes. For a two- or three-year-old, it doesn't get much better than that.

In Mom-Speak, a party can mean a fun way to motivate your child to learn a new behavior -- in this case using the toilet. Giving your toddler motivation is critical to your success because when it comes to becoming toilet trained, most kids have absolutely no incentive. None. And when you look at it from their perspective, why would they? Life experience has proven that it's fast, easy, and convenient to go in their diapers.

No matter how much you want your child to trade in her Huggies for big-girl underpants, chances are she will remain blissfully unmotivated by your desire or concern. Plus, if a child has had a negative experience with the potty, it can be even more challenging to entice him to try it again.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, helping the 11 million children under the age of four through the potty-training process can be one of the toughest challenges for parents. Learning to use the potty is a key milestone in a child's development. Unlike other milestones associated with walking or talking, however, this developmental hurdle tends to be a source of considerable concern for both parent and child. A stressful potty-training period can damage a parent/child relationship and injure a child's self-esteem. But when this hurdle is successfully negotiated with a minimum of contention, it fosters a child's sense of independence and accomplishment.

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