Warning: This post uses the word “poop”. A lot. It’s a post about toddlers and Montessori and early toileting awareness. You’ve been warned. There’s been some press lately about elimination communication (aka, early toileting awareness): the practice of identifying your baby’s signals for pooping and peeing and taking them to the potty to eliminate. The… Read More The Truth About Elimination Communication
Almost invariably, if I tell a parent that my son has been in underpants since he turned one, they look horrified and ask: “But… What if he has an ACCIDENT???” Uh, I change him and wipe the floor? I get the same horrified look when I say that he’s been drinking from a real glass… Read More Nothing To Fear… But Fear Itself
We have two of the world’s tiniest bathrooms, so when I decided 7 months ago that I would help Zach develop toileting awareness, I had to find a way to incorporate potties and clean & dirty underwear bins into pretty tight spaces. Our arrangement has worked out beautifully, which is great because I spend… Read More A Place for the Potty
Whew… My head has been spinning since November, and I’m not really sure where to begin. Out of the blue, I was offered the amazing opportunity to head up the creation of the Elementary program at the Montessori Institute Of San Diego’s model school. A dream come true, for sure, but one that has required… Read More Resolutions
It’s been two weeks since we introduced Zach to the potty. I only have one word to describe our experience:
Our brief journey has been hassle-free and has become a daily reminder of the respect we should have towards the youngest members of our species. … Read More Potty Post
I’m currently reading Diaper Free Before Three, a fabulous book about early toilet training that supports several tenets of the Montessori philosophy (and even quotes Dr. Montessori). It reviews the history of American toilet training from the 1800’s to the present and gives logical, scientific, and thoroughly convincing arguments for helping young children achieve toileting… Read More Give Me a Pee!!!