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How do I potty-train twins?
Ashley Orlando
Ashley, as the mother of twins, I know what you mean by “exhausting.”

If your “excellor” (I love that term) has remained dry and your “resistor” has demonstrated that she can be dry when she wants to, I’ll wager that your resistor has decided she likes being dry and getting treats! She sounds pretty shrewd to me. In case I’m wrong and she is still playing “hard to catch,” may I suggest you take advantage of your built-in helper: the other twin—in this case, an excellor. Talk to her, not to your resistor, and engage her as a co-conspirator. “Show your sister how easy it is to pee-pee on the potty.” And make certain she gets plenty of praise for her cooperation.

Finally, I can’t resist offering one wild and crazy suggestion. As you lift your resistor out of the crib tomorrow morning, snuggle against her warm face and say, “Surprise me; stay dry today.”

Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education