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I loved dinosaurs. They were big, scary, and long dead. I was safe. The only place I could see one was in a museum, and the only place they came to life was in my imagination.

In my mind, a dinosaur always did what it wanted. No one tells an allosaurus when to go to bed, or finish his vegetables, or brush his teeth. Being a dinosaur would be really, really cool.

My nephew agrees. It’s a small tyrannosaur. He sleeps, eats and breathes like a dinosaur. I knew at the time of potty training he would enjoy Dinosaur vs the Potty by Bob Shea and my sister would enjoy Potty Training for Dummies by Diane Stafford and Jennifer Shoquist, MD

Thunder lizards grow so fast. I will miss biting my leg and chasing the cat in the jungle, but what I won’t miss is changing a diaper. Still, it is important to be patient. It doesn’t pay to be in a hurry. The best time to start your Velociraptor* is when it’s ready.

Some dinos are ready to start as young as 18 months old, others may not be ready until their third birthday. Boys tend to stay in diapers longer than girls, and most born in later litters often learn faster than those born first.

There is no emergency. Studies have shown that when parents start potty training too early, the process takes longer. Your ‘saurus’ will need cooperation and motivation. So before you start, you’ll want to make sure his routine is set up and ready.

He must be sufficiently coordinated to walk and have “dry” periods of about two hours. This shows that his bladder muscles are sufficiently developed to hold back the flow of urine. He should be able to pull his pants up or down and show signs of growing independence.

He may develop an interest in your grooming habits and the wearing of underwear. This is the part I do best as an uncle and I suggest reading Karen Katz’s My Big Boy Undies to him. There are many aspects to working out, such as setting a schedule and celebrating your successes, but don’t forget how motivating fun can be.

You can use blue food coloring and he will be amazed at how green the water can be. You can use stickers and a calendar to keep track of his triumphs. Every time he goes potty, he gets a sticker. Seeing them add up can inspire him. I suggest dinosaur stickers, of course.

Potty training a disabled child can increase the challenge, but there is a special chapter in Potty Training for Dummies that will make your difficult task easier. There are also suggestions for keeping potty training working and for dealing with a lack of interest.

By the time your little dinosaur is ready to ditch his diaper, he’s learned a lot. Let him be proud of his achievement and celebrate by crashing in the jungle, because you’re never too old for dinosaurs.

* Means fast thief, a chicken-sized Cretaceous predator – a big, smart chicken with lots of sharp teeth.

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Kevin Coolidge is currently a full-time factory worker and part-time bookseller at From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. When he is not working, he writes. He is also a children’s author and creator of The Totally Ninja Raccoons, a children’s series aimed at reluctant readers. Visit his author site at kevincoolidge.org

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