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Probably best to start with sitting. Asking your son to stand, hold his penis, and aim into the toilet is a tall order. Even trickier is switching from sitting while pooping to standing for peeing. All this can make the potty process a bit confusing for boys at first. Bottom line: Follow your son's lead. Dad can show him how to sit (and push his penis down to avoid spraying the bathroom) and stand. --Nancy Rones
Copyright 2007. Used with permission from the November 2007 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009
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