Have I mentioned how much I love Elizabeth Pantley's writing style and parenting philosophy? Even the titles of her books resonate with me - I love her gentle, warm, and patient approach to parenting. It comes as no surprise to me that she describes her current relationships with her teenage children as being joy-filled and fun - I'm confident that the bond that she has with her children is directly related to the foundation that she and her husband laid during the early years.
The No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Say Good-Bye to Diapers (McGraw Hill, 2007) is the shortest of Elizabeth's four No-Cry books. The book replicates the format of her other books in that she provides a "menu" of options to help parents ("there isn't just one right way to potty train a child...").
She emphasizes that "potty training can be simple, pleasant, and, yes, even fun." She goes even further to say that, "potty training can be natural, easy, and peaceful." I love her positive approach, don't you?
Pantley's ideas range from making a custom potty book to reading potty-themed books to creating a potty prize treasure box - plus, she covers common concerns like potty training children with special needs, potty training multiples, and how to deal with bed-wetting.
The book is a bit repetitive at some points, but it also provides parents with a good "overview" of the traditional potty training process - when to start, how to start, and what to do when you encounter setbacks. If you're looking for an author who will help you approach potty training (and parenting) with cheer and enthusiasm, Elizabeth Pantley is your gal.
WIN IT! One mama will win a copy of The No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Say Good-Bye to Diapers by Elizabeth Pantley. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Sunday, April 6 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday, April 7. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #45 Peggy Miller. Congratulations!