The first concept is based on the fact that the
to learn something is to teach it. We know that children
learn from seeing, listening and hearing. They learn
action and attitudes and will copy things that they have
seen. So, what is better than using a doll to model the
appropriate potty training behavior for your child?
The second concept is based on
the fact that behavior is shaped
by consequence. As a parent, you already know
that children learn from the consequences of their action
and you probably have already used this as an effective
There are two types of consequences for action - logical
and natural . Natural consequence results from the child's
own actions. Logical consequence is also a result of
behavior, but is imposed by the parent.
So, basically, with your guidance, your child will teach a
potty training doll appropriate "going potty" behaviors.
Your child will start learning that the natural
consequence of drinking is the urge to urinate. The
logical consequence of urinating in a potty are rewards
such as such as verbal & non-verbal praise, treats, toys
and even a celebration potty party.
Then, your child will teach the
doll the natural consequence of not using the potty, which
is wet underwear. The logical consequence of this
undesired behavior is practicing going back and forth to
It is as simple as that. And it works.
However, like most things in life, success is a result of
preparation and planning. There is no miracle pill - it
will take some effort and energy on your part to be
Potty Training in One Day A Guide for Today's Parent's
explains how to guide your child step by step.