Potty Training War of The Wills

Q) Dear Dr. Gwenn: I have two toddler daughters , a two year old and a three year old.  We recently started potty training both of them and to our amazement they just took to it for  pee but poop has been a different story. We also have three older boys and didn't have these issues - they were able to potty train for both poop and pee very easily at the same time. Both girls pee with no problem … [Read more...]

Potty Training Challenges

Potty training, or, as I like to call it, 'potty guiding', is a toddler rite of passage no family can ignore, side-step or skip. In the thick of it, you wonder if you will ever get through it sanely and ask often if your child will ever  "get there"...finally become potty trained. Once there, though, you smile knowing it's over and you all can move on! As the amount of questions that come into … [Read more...]

Help…My Preschooler Won’t Poop in The Potty!

Q) Dear Dr. Gwenn, My 4 ½ year old son is still in pull-ups because he will not poop on the potty. Peeing has been no problem. We’ve tried ignoring, bribing, punishing, letting him sit in it, putting him in underwear and hoping for the best. Nothing is working! Any suggestions? Thanks, LC A) Dear LC: This is a tough situation and I know how frustrating it is when potty training goes on for so … [Read more...]

Q&A: Toddler Sleep & Military Parents: Is there a connection?

Q) Dear Dr. Gwenn: My daughter is 3 ½ years old. I just spent the last year raising her alone while my husband was in Korea. Since we are a military family, our lives change every so often when it has to. Lately our daughter takes up to 3 hours to go to sleep, we have left her by herself and we have to take her back into her room at least 6 times. We’ve tried reading stories in her bed and … [Read more...]


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