War of the Diapers

A parenting guru claims we've been doing potty training all wrong

With all the unsettled issues dominating the news lately, from the Middle East peace process to the Clinton impeachment to Saddam Hussein's defiance, Americans hardly need something new to worry about. Yet that's just what they got on Page One of the New York Times last week. Under the headline TWO EXPERTS DO BATTLE OVER POTTY TRAINING came the unwelcome assertion that baby-boom parents may be taking exactly the wrong approach to this crucial milestone in child rearing.

That, at least, is the view of psychologist and child-care guru John Rosemond, who laid out his complaints in a series of columns...

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