1. When Your Child Doesn't Want To Use the Potty with Tina V Sue Groner 12:13

Tina V has two boys, 3 years old and 1 year old. She has been struggling with potty training her 3 year old who is resistant to the process. She has tried bribing him with toys and chocolate and although this worked for a bit, he eventually stopped responding to these offers. 


Tina has even set up a special potty training box for him in the bathroom that includes pull ups, underwear, wipes and books to help him independently overcome this issue. However, none of this has worked. Tina turns to me for the answers on how to move past this as quickly as possible especially with the pressure from his school. 


Today we talk about how to deal with your child not being ready to go to the potty. We talk about why it might actually be best to take everything away and accept that he’s just not ready. The truth is your child will eventually use the potty at some point, it’s just not now. My advice allows both parents and children to let go of stress, embrace trust and practice patience.  


“Just say “I know someday you are going to use the potty and it will be fine but right now let’s stop worrying about it. When you are ready, you let me know. You are a great kid, don’t worry about this.” – Sue Groner 


This week on The Parenting Mentor:


  • Tangible tips and tools for dealing with your child’s resistance to the potty.
  • Tips for validating using a non-judgemental tone and communication and why this creates empathy and understanding.
  • Practicing patience and acceptance when your child is not ready for something. 
  • Dealing with schools and third parties that place demands on your child’s timeline. 

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As an experienced mother of 2 young adults, Sue Groner knows how stressful and overwhelming parenting can be at times. She founded The Parenting Mentor to provide an ally for parents in their quest to raise confident and resilient children. Sue is the author of Parenting with Sanity and Joy. 101 Simple Strategies, is the host of The Parenting Mentor Sessions Podcast, and is a certified Positive Discipline parent educator.

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A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a former advertising executive, Sue is a frequent guest expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox to name a few, and provides advice for many national publications and websites such as The Wall Street Journal, Parents, Real Simple, Today.com, HuffPost, and Katie Couric Media. Sue resides in New York City and Bedford, NY with her husband, and when she’s lucky, with her children. She is available for private and group mentorship sessions(in-person or virtual) nationwide for individuals and corporations.