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How can I motivate my child to potty train?
Put toilet-teaching on the back burner for a few weeks, or even months. If you push, your child will resist, and if you push harder, your child will resist harder. Watch for your child's natural inclination toward toilet-teaching -- showing interest in the potty, telling you when she's gone in her diapers, and using bathroom words like "pee-pee" or "poopy." --Donna Christiano
Copyright 2004. Reprinted with permission from the April 2003 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009
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