Potty Training Like a Boss

There comes a time in a parent’s life when you just can’t take any more crap . . . literally. That’s when potty training gets creative. Here are seven methods used by real parents worth sharing.

1. The Outdoorsy Type – Why have your child potty train in a claustrophobic, uninspiring room, when he can “express himself” in the great outdoors . . . while coloring, no less?! You’ll figure out the indoor potty thing by the time he goes to school (or he can be a traveling muralist).

Tuned In Parents, Potty Training Like a Boss, the outdoor potty artist, photo by Nicolas Boullosa

2. Everybody Poops, Even Dora – Kids love to make their dolls (and “action figures”) do either what they themselves do or don’t want to do. They’re weird and wonderful that way. Why not use that to your advantage while they’re potty training?

Tuned In Parents - Potty Training Like a Boss, Everybody poops, even Dora - photo by The Wu's Photo Land

3. Superman Reads The Styles Section – Dress them up as their favorite superhero, hand them a newspaper, and toss them on the pot! Why not? I’m not exactly sure what’s going on here, but who can resist a tiny superhero reading on the potty? Toilet training costumes aren’t a bad idea, though . . .

Tuned In Parents - Potty Training Like a Boss, Superman reads the styles section, photo by Valentina Powers, Creative Commons

4. Stickers for Making Stinkies – Positive reinforcement just works. Look at the happy little face of this potty trainee. That’s the face of success!

Tuned In Parents - Potty Training Like a Boss, Stickers for stinkies, photo by Abigail Batchelder, Creative Commons

5. iPood – Don’t be a technology hater. Mobile devices worked for me whenever drained of creative energy or sticker-broke.

Tuned In Parents - Potty Training Like a Boss, iPood, photo by paz.ca, Creative Commons

6. Potty Picasso – Turn the kid around and give him a crayon! This is just cool. Entertain and eliminate splashing in one go! There’s a small risk your child will be pottying backwards and vandalizing restrooms for the rest of his life; but that’s a small price to pay for an easy-breezy toilet training phase!

Tuned In Parents - backwards potty training

7. Authentic Ancient Greek Potty Training Seat – Leave it to the ancient Greeks to master the art of potty training with a seat the kids can’t escape from until the deed is done. Why did they ever discontinue this model?

Tuned In Parents - Potty Training Like a Boss, Ancient Greek Potty, photo by BillBl, Creative Commons

Potty training can be a trying experience for the whole family. And every child has his or her own timetable, which may run in opposition to your own, just for fun. So, try a few methods to see what works for you and yours. And remember to relax and be patient. The Pamper Posse is notorious for holding out whenever feeling rushed.


Rosemond, J. (2014). Potty training requires some patience from all involved. http://www.thetimesnews.com/lifestyles/lifestyles-home/potty-training-requires-some-patience-from-all-involved-1.332105

Images in order of appearance: Creative Commons – nicolas.boullosa, The Wu’s Photo Land, valentinapowers, abbybatchelder, paz.ca, TiP (original graphic), BillBI

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children’s book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and “make it workology,” she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

11 comments on “Potty Training Like a Boss

    • I know what you mean. And we’d all be tempted to buy a potty that locked them in until the deed was done. Lol!

  1. Love the suggestions!! I will have to try the dolly one. Maybe if Avery sees her dolls go on the potty she will 🙂 Or she might just get mad at me and put them back where they are supposed to be 😉

  2. Oh this is great! I had a potty training post a few years back but…now on kid #3, fourteen years after potty training the other ones…I just don’t have the energy I used to. She might be in diapers until she starts changing them herself.

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