This morning I had the pleasure to speak with the world renowned potty training boys and potty training girls expert Carol Cline. Her claim to fame all started when she stumbled upon a method that will have almost any child potty trained and diaper free, in just 3 days. She has helped thousands of thousands of parents and below you can read some of the advice she had to share with me today in our conversation.
Carol: Very glad to make the time! Hope I can help answer all your hard toilet training questions and help some parents along the way.
Carol: I wish I could tell you that I knew that this was my calling the first second I sat on my potty, but that couldn’t be further away from the truth. I actually went to school for business and owning my own daycare was always my biggest dream in life.
Me: That’s fantastic! So this interview will be going out to lots of parents who want to start potty training with their child. If you have to describe the entire pottery train process in one word, what word will this be?
Carol: Well let me break the rules and sum it up in two: “Buckle Down”
Me: Oh boy! I’m sure parents love hearing that. Can you explain to me exactly what you mean by “buckle down”?
Carol: Well I’m sure some parents would expect me to say “Run for your life” while they are secretly hoping that I would say “Don’t worry about it, it’s really easy!” The truth is every child is different when it comes to potty train them and it will be just as challenging as it is rewarding when all is said and done.
Me: So what would be the very first step parents should be taking going into toilet train their kid if they want a fast result?
Carol: The first thing I always tell parents is to remember P.P.C! That stands for always being “Positive, Persistent and Consistent”. These are the three pillars that make potty train stand, remove one and the entire thing falls to the ground.
Me: I know for a fact with my own child, that being positive all the way through was a big part of what made it work.
Carol: Children can sense if you are truly happy or not. If you’re not happy learning them, they won’t be happy learning from you.
Me: There is an age old debate on when it comes to potty training boys versus potty training girls. Is it a fact that potty training girls is easier than potty training boys?
Carol: Now this is a question I honestly get asked a lot and the truth might just surprise you. Potty training boys and potty training girls is exactly the same! This myth started due to the basic fact that in the past, women would be the ones responsible for potty train the child, and typically women feel more comfortable toilet training their daughters instead of their sons, simply because they can relate better to them. But in reality, you will be potty training boys the exact same way you would be potty training girls – So there is really no difference.
Me: Now you literally “wrote the book” on how to potty train. If parents pick up your guide can they really have a diaper free child in three days?
Carol: Now let me say that if your child is 16 months, it will take a bit longer, than you could expect more like a few weeks. But nearly every parent with a child around the age of two (give or take a month or two) who shows signs that they are read… CAN in fact be trained in just three days… Sometimes even less!
Me: What is the shortest time someone has ever toilet trained their child using the methods in your guide?
Carol: I once had a woman who had read my guide at 7 AM and e-mailed me that same day at 3:40PM telling me their child has gone to the potty all day long on his own! So to give you an answer on your question: eight hours and forty minutes exactly!
Me: An e-mail like that must have giving you a good feeling?
Carol: As crazy as it sound. Helping parents toilet train their children has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Me: So if parents want to experience toilet train their child in three days, where can they find out more about your method?
Carol: They can visit my website! It’s the only place they will find out exactly how I came up with my personal method and get their hands on a copy for themselves.
Me: Well, thank you so much for your time today Carol.
Carol: Any time!