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Potty Training Extreme: Azrin Foxx Method
In this installment of the Potty Training Extreme series, Daddy Clay and Daddy Brad examine the Azrin Foxx method of potty training. Introduced in 1971, this method aims to potty train children in one day. Learn how it works and why parents will need things like pull up diapers, a potty chair, and snacks for rewards to accomplish potty training using this method. Find out how it differs from the popular child centered method. Share your thoughts and stories about potty training with us at DadLabs.com. DadLabs Ep. 772 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.
Daddy Clay: The Azrin and Foxx method, this week on Potty Training Extreme.
Daddy Brad: Today's episode of potty training extreme is brought to you by BabyBjorn and their entire line of great potty seats and chairs. BabyBjorn.
Daddy Clay: So last week we took a look at the not to extreme, very popular and child centered potty training method championed by Dr. Terry Brazelton. This week we take a look at a more parent centered method, the Azrin Foxx method.
Daddy Brad: Now if the child centered method is this hippy dippie love in.
Hippy: It's okay little dude. If this potty training trip is a huge bummer, we'll just do it another time yo.
Daddy Brad: Then the Azrin Foxx method is boot camp for potty training.
Boot Camp Man: Son, you are gonna put your weewee in that potty or you're gonna run until I get tired. Diapers are for babies. Small babies.
Daddy Clay: The Azrin and Foxx method is literally old school, first introduced way back in 1971 so many of you parents that are potty training your own kids now may have been potty trained according to this method back in the day. And we assume that things worked out okay for you.
Dirty Harry: I know what you're thinking. If you fire six shots or only five.
Daddy Clay: One side effect of this method may be a sudden affection for avocado colored bathroom fixtures.
Daddy Brad: Now the big selling point of this method is it can be accomplished in one day. If there's any other book or method out there that claims it can be accomplished in one day including Dr. Phil.
Dr. Phil: You need to commit to yourself to put your poopoo in that potty today.
Daddy Brad: There just ripping off the Azrin Foxx method.
Daddy Clay: So, how does it work? Well, first you'll need a potty chair and a room that's relatively distraction-free. Load up the child with liquids enough to create a need to urinate and stock up with snacks and treats for rewards. This method also calls for a doll that can demonstrate urination. If you really want one, you can get one of these things on Amazon for $20 to $50. Most come in a bundle with an Azrin Foxx based manual. Now, come up with a couple of names, family or fictional that will be really impressed by the child's potty training. And you'll also need a stack of pull-ups. At the start of the training, check for a dry diaper and teach the child how to do so as well. Check every three minutes and for every dry diaper, give a reward and offer praise using the child's special name. For every wet diaper, you need to give some negative feedback. First demonstrate the use of the potty using the doll, then begins a series of potty trials, which of course sounds like a bad name of a television series produced by Dick Wolf for Nickelodeon.
Stabler: Look at all that tinkle weewee in that potty.
Benson: We need to track down whoever did this and give them a jellybean.
Daddy Clay: Every 15 minutes have the child sit on the potty without their training pants on for several minutes. If during that time they happen to use the bathroom, praise them lavishly. Give them a treat as a reward. Tell them that Grandma or Dora or whoever you've chosen would be so proud of them for their potty training. Repeat these trials every 15 minutes. By about the third or fourth successful trial, the child will begin to get it. Reinforce the behaviors over the next day or two and voila, potty trained kid.
Daddy Brad: So, this method is pretty much catching the kid going to the potty and then rewarding it.
Daddy Clay: Well there's lots of finer points in it. You should definitely pick up a copy of the Azrin Foxx book. You can still get it on Amazon, so you can get the whole program.
Daddy Brad: Seems to have a lot in common with chore charts and reward.
Daddy Clay: AKA, operant conditioning. The finer points that really are different, negative reinforcement when the kid has an accident. You don't do that in child centered. And also they suggest that you play right on through any resistance or hissy fits or whatever whereas in child centered method, you'd back off at that point.
Daddy Brad: Did you use Azrin Foxx or a similar method? If so, go to DadLabs.com and talk about it on the forum. We'd love to hear from you.
Daddy Clay: We want to thank BabyBjorn our sponsors. I'm not afraid to say it. Their potty chairs are stylish. Just check out the colors. BabyBjorn. We'll see you next time here in The Lab.
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