How do I get my 2-year-old to stay on the potty?

Q: My 2-year-old daughter knows what a potty is and what to do, but I can't get her to stay on the potty long enough for her to go.  What should I do?

A: Your 2-year-old is not ready to potty train. The definition of potty training is understanding the urge to go and the desire to be clean...and then successfully going on the potty. She should not have to stay there for very long to have success; most toddlers do not need time to read the sports page to poop. When they need to go, they go. Wait until she has mastered the developmental skills necessary to go to the potty and try again. Most parents have a few false starts before success.