Potty training 60 seconds at a time

by beagooddad on November 19, 2006

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Pookie is still undecided about the benefits of potty training. We have a series of pictures above the toilet that explain each step and now he will happily go through the steps, but only sits on the toilet for a couple of seconds before saying that he is done and moving onto the next step.

I decided that he needs to start sitting on the toilet for at least 60 seconds to get any benefit out of the potty training. If we can keep him there that long, he will eventually accidentally go and maybe start to get the whole thing.

But, how do you keep a fidgety little boy on the toilet for 60 seconds without him screaming at you and going limp to slide to the floor.

I started counting from 1 to 60. Pookie likes counting. He sits mesmerized through the entire count. He joins along for a lot of the counting and is even starting to learn most of the transition numbers (20, 30, 40, 50, 60).

In one little minute, we are learning to count big numbers and working on potty training. All without any fighting at all.

Once we get used to a minute, we can start working on learning all the numbers from 1 to 100.

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