Eps 84: Oh Crap Potty Trainer, Jamie Glowacki

Today’s guest is Jamie Glowacki, a social worker who worked with dual diagnosis moms, transitioned to owning a children’s store and then became a potty trainer. We are discussing potty training. Join us!

“I don’t really have a method. You have to take off the diapers.”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The elimination communication movement

  • Timing of potty training readiness

  • “Pull-ups” and potty training – mixing old and new behaviors.

  • Potty training and instant gratification – the role of patience in the process

  • The myths of potty training

  • Gender and potty training

  • The role of social learning and praise

  • Potty location and using the tool for the task

  • The influence of Dr. Spock and the history of potty training

  • Developmental milestones – should they be child-led?

  • The myth of “readiness” - potty training as a skill that needs to be attended to rather than something that happens naturally in time without intervention

  • The “magic window” of potty training – prior to individuation

  • Potty training as a power struggle

  • “Fear of release” – how to overcome it

  • Managing expectations around developmental milestones and the danger of comparison

  • How potty training challenges vary based on the age of the child

  • Performance anxiety and potty training

  • The best potty and ergonomic angle for potty training specifically for encouraging poop

  • How to modify your potty or reposition your child to improve poop likelihood

  • Rewards and consequences – their role in potty training

  • Potty training power struggles as relationship challenges

  • Potty training regressions – change in routines, the honeymoon period

  • Using blocks of learning to solve regressions

  • “Baby love” as a tool to help kids adjust to new siblings

  • Location specific potty training challenges – how to unpack them

  • Night time training strategies

  • Developmental phases of bladder development


What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

Joyful Courage is a reminder we have to be courageous as parents, we have to be so brave and we have to be constantly evaluating ourselves. The joyful just reminds me to keep it light. This is all just so great. Even in our worst potty training nightmare it’s still so great. Keep our courage light!



Squatty potty unicorn ice cream video

Is Night Training Really Necessary – blog post

Oh Crap Potty Training Book

Oh Crap Potty Training video conferences


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