How to Ditch the Diapers and Start Potty Training

If your children are well past diapers, you don't have children, or you feel the urge to shout "TMI!" at your computer screen on a regular basis, please, avert your eyes. This column may not be for you. If, however, you have a small diapered person i...Potty training requires two things: readiness and commitment.

Positive Reinforcement

There are a lot of things that we all do that no one notices -- unless we don't do them. Rachel doesn't notice when I put my dirty clothes in the hamper but she does take note when I leave them in a pile on the floor. With children, however, it's imp...

Do kids really pee in public pools?

My daughter, Edan, has a new obsession. Every afternoon when I pick her up from daycare, she asks, then begs, and then demands that we "go swimming, go swimming, go swimming!" When we're actually at the pool, Edan starts a non-stop commentary for any...

ParentDish Sleepover for Sunday, May 20, 2007

There has been a fair bit of discussion lately around these parts about potty training. After a long and difficult start, we seem to be having a fair bit of success with training Sara. This got me wondering what other bloggers have to say on the subj...

Could you stay jolly like the mall Santa?

When I see Santa Claus at the mall, I see a jolly fat guy in a red suit. I admit, I still think of him as "Santa" and not "some guy who has a job that involves little children peeing in his lap." But, that's the life for many Santas....crying kids, t...

What to do with your kid while you pee

Wow. Just. Wow. If only I'd known about this earlier. I don't know about other dads, but when I'm out with my daughter by myself, I'm always a little uncomfortable about any potential restroom situations. I'm just not all that into her watching me ...

Conservative Norwegians think forcing boys to pee sitting down is wrong

A Norwegian primary school headmistress had a meeting her school's janitors, who were fed up. It was an affront to their dignity, they said, to constantly clean up the pee that the little boys in the school couldn't get in the toilet. These Norwegian...


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