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Mommy! I Have to Go Potty!
by Jan Faull, M.Ed. and Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N.

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About Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N.

Helen Neville

Helen Neville started her career as a nurse but she found her niche in parent education. It was, as she says, "The most difficult job I'd ever undertaken!"

Being a parent is tough, Neville explains, because it's never what you expect. In addition, your job description is constantly changing: as soon as you learn how to handle a certain stage, your child has progressed to something new. Moreover, every child is different, so you can't expect to apply what you learned with one child to the next.

Neville, who has spent years as a parent educator, also believes that parenting is a challenge because you must "re-process" all the issues of your own childhood. Your kids aren't part of your family of origin—something overlooked by many parents. Nor do your kids necessarily need and want what you needed and wanted as a child.

Finally, Neville cites the issue of temperament. As the co-author of Temperament Tools points out, having the same parents doesn't mean that each child in the family has the same temperament. Each child brings a different temperament into the family circle—and that family is different for each child. Obviously, there's only one first child and only one baby—but other family circumstances may change with each additional member: the time period in which the child is born, where the family lives, the family's income level, who cares for the kids, the family's emotional stability.

For Parenting Press, Neville has co-authored Temperament Tools: Working with Your Child's Inborn Traits (Rev. Ed.), and she recently created Is This a Phase? Child Development & Parent Strategies, Birth to 6 Years, which introduces parents of young children to the phases they can expect, and answers the most common questions she's heard in three decades of working with families. Now she has revised and expanded Mommy! I Have to Go Potty! (2nd ed.) to include special needs children, early training and training with the help of a child care provider.

A San Francisco Bay Area resident, Neville has for years been affiliated with Kaiser Permanente and Bananas, the Berkeley child care resource and parent education agency. She is a frequent speaker at parenting organizations, co-op preschools and conferences. Neville is the parent of two and the grandmother of one.

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