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Miriam; Readers' Advice Column.

Driven potty by a little mischief

We want to know the best way to potty-train my granddaughter. She's three years old, bright and happy, but she refuses to use her potty.

She finds a quiet place, performs, then tells her mother what she's done.

My daughter has tried everything from putting her on the potty every half hour to trainer pants. What else can she do?

YOUR granddaughter is brighter than you and your daughter put together.

She's found a way to control her mum and her grandma and she'll never stop using her potty as a weapon until she's shown her tactics won't work.

If adults get obsessive they always end up with your kind of situation.

There's no place for potty training in child- rearing. You can't train a child who isn't ready, and one who is doesn't need training.

Sitting a child on a potty every half hour is nothing short of cruel and trainer pants are only for accidents.

Forget the potty and cheerfully clean up the mess. She'll soon get the potty herself. Just keep praising and rewarding her efforts.

Our gold is a sham

Our golden wedding anniversary is a sham.

My husband and his family want a big celebration, but if it hadn't been for my lovely children I'd have left him years ago.

My marriage has been a life sentence with very little happiness. I'd exchange all the parties in the world for a little love and respect but he's so insensitive he doesn't have a clue how I feel. Should I stop the party?

I FEEL for you but how can your husband make amends if he doesn't know how you feel?

Your marriage is a sham because neither of you feels able to talk openly and half the responsibility for that has to be yours.

It's a bit late in the day for a big row so why not try to change your attitude a little? See the party as a celebration of your children, your motherhood and all the hard work you've put in.

You've lots to rejoice about, so try to see your life as a glass half full, not one that's half empty.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Stoppard, Miriam
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 1997
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