AI Taught Me how NOT to Potty Train my Child

And it’s hilarious

Alexandra Amidon
4 min readApr 14


Conversational AI tools like ChatGPT are a great way to brainstorm ideas and quickly get started on new tasks. As the mother of a young child, I was curious if ChatGPT could help me learn how to potty-train my child.

Indeed, it can generate the same sort of advice that I read in parenting books and mommy blogs.

But that’s no fun. What if I ask it to write a blog about potty training in the voice of a catty, exasperated mother?

Oh, joy. Potty training. If you’re a parent, you know what a pain it is to convince your little one to use the potty instead of their diaper. But fear not, here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Celebrate their failures

When your child has an accident, make sure to celebrate their failures. Laugh, take pictures, or make fun of them. This will help them associate potty training with negative feelings and encourage them to try harder next time.

2. Use the fear factor

Sometimes, fear is a powerful motivator. Tell your child that if they don’t start using the potty, they’ll have to wear diapers forever. Or, make up a story about a kid who never used the potty and ended up with a diaper rash the size of Texas. Scare tactics work like a charm.

3. Shame them into submission

If bribes and fear don’t work, resort to shame. Make them feel embarrassed about using a diaper, and tell them that only babies use them. Or, compare them to their potty-trained peers and make them feel inferior. It may be harsh, but sometimes tough love is necessary.

4. Let them go commando

Sometimes, the best way to get your child to use the potty is to let them go commando. They’ll quickly learn that it’s much more comfortable to use the potty than to sit in a wet or dirty diaper.

5. Bribe them with treats

Let’s be real here. The best way to convince a 3-year-old to use the potty is to bribe them with treats. Offer them a piece of candy or their favorite snack for each successful trip to the potty. Trust me, it works.

In conclusion, potty training can be a pain, but with the right tactics, you can convince your little one to start using the potty. Bribe them with treats, use the fear factor, shame them into submission, let them go



Alexandra Amidon

Data scientist working in the financial services industry