question about potty training


Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 at 6:34 am

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Hi Lora,

First of all, let me compliment you on your EXCELLENT approach to potty training. It has worked beautifully and, truth be known was much easier than I thought it was going to be. I really agree with your focus and dedication principles, along with love and gentle encouragement.

I am a stay at home Mom and have just potty trained Lindsey using your method. Lindsey is a 3 years and 9 month little girl who is wonderful in every way…but, is VERY stubborn and definitely has a mind of her own. On top of that, she has a significant speech and language delay that we are overcoming with lots of support and speech therapy from our local Intermediate Unit (provided by our public school system). She has also been tested for Autism Spectrum Disorder and the test results have proved that she is NOT (and nowhere near) on the spectrum, but indeed, is a very quirky kid - again, she wants to do what she wants to do and is on her own agenda. A trait that will serve her well later in life (she’ll probably be one of our great leaders), but it definitely does make parenting her a challenge.

We started your WONDERFUL training program last Weds (3/7/07) and have been accident free since Sat!! All weekend she has been going on her own or telling us in her own way that she has to go.

Having said all that, here is my question/concern:

Lindsey only pees 3 (maybe 4) times a day. My concern is that she is not voiding often enough. She seems to only release onto the toilet when her bladder is completely full & she can’t hold it any longer. I can tell she does have urges to go (holding herself, leg crossing, etc) sometimes as long or longer than an hour before she releases. She is dry though, all day and at night. She has amazing control!!

She is not a big “drinker” - she maybe consumes about 2 to 2.5 cups of liquid a day (apple juice, chocolate milk & Danimals drinkable yogurt).

I am wondering if we will ever get to the point that she will be able to release when she just “trys to go” (in other words - before her bladder is completely full). I do believe that kids should at least try to go pee before a car ride or before going to bed.

I would like to know your thoughts on this. Because she is several hours between voids, sometimes she does not feel she has to go before bed then is getting up in the middle of the night. Don’t get me wrong - I am VERY pleased that she’s doing this rather than wetting the bed. But I know she can stay dry some 12-14 hours if she can void right before bed. She has incredible control.

Again, to sum up: my main question is: do you think she will ever get the hang of releasing whenever she tries to go? Or, if she is this way now (only releases when she is completely full), she’ll always be this type of “potty-er”. I also want to make sure that because she’s not voiding very often that it’s harmful to her (in terms of getting UTIs or bladder infections).

I know she is just getting the hang of this whole potty thing and I am soooo proud of her. She is really trying hard and I do not want to seem like I’m complaining or ungrateful for her accomplishments thus far. I would like to know your thoughts though.

Thank you so much,

Michelle Simon

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