January 6, 2020


Parents have been criticised for “outsourcing” the job of toilet training their child.

A family advertised for a potty trainer for their three-year-old child and offered to pay $100 an hour to have her taught in time for the holidays.

The parents posted the advertisement on a childcare website, saying they needed their daughter to be toilet trained by 23 December.

“We are very conscious that our daughter should be using a toilet by now, and with the in laws coming over for Christmas, I am desperate to get her fully using the toilet,” the ad read.

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“We already have a housekeeper who takes care of our daughter day to day, but we would like someone to solely concentrate on getting her using the toilet.”

“Both of us work full time in demanding jobs, and we have previously tried to toilet train her, but unfortunately due to our busy careers we’ve realised we simply do not have the time to do so.”

“10 hours of training, over five days per week would be ideal, but we are flexible and are willing to be negotiable for the right person,” they said.

While some have praised the couple for admitting they don’t have the time, others have slammed the concept as “ludicrous.”

What other tasks would you like to outsource if you could?

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  • It’s such a shame that they have to resort to this. At least they are admitting they can’t do it but if they already have a housekeeper to look after their daughter why not offer her the extra money to potty train their daughter. Hopefully they don’t get too much backlash or abuse.


  • It’s a bit sad that their jobs are really demanding and they don’t have as much time with their little one. But if you do have limited time, you would want to spend it doing fun things with your child and not spend the time toilet training. However, I do hope that they will be continuing to work with their child and the potty trainer and not think that they shouldn’t have to take when it’s just them


  • I wish I had money to throw around like that. If someone is already looking after the child while the parents are at work why can’t they do it. I really hope they spend quality time with their daughter when they arent working. Work should never be more important than family. My son wasn’t toilet trained until around 3. I had tried earlier but he simply wasn’t ready. When we did finally do it, it only took us a few days and we were done. There has been the odd accident but nothing major.


  • It’s a tedious task but it doesn’t happen overnight. Not all kids are toilet trained easily and definitely not all by 3.
    I guess if I had the option to outsource I might consider it


  • No. It takes time. You need to be persistent and consistent by planning and making sure you don’t have too much on . it works. Just take the time.


  • If you’re paying someone to care for your child kn the hours that you cant be there, why is the person they are already paying not teaching them?


  • I potty trained my kids very easily with persistence and rewards. In this case if the parents are not at home much, since they work long hours then I think getting someone else to potty train their child is okay. They should be consistent with the potty training i.e. they follow the same method as the trainer so the child does not get confused and praise the child for his success in learning to sit on the pot.


  • Wow I get paying someone to look after your child if your working but paying someone to toilet train your child this is all part of being a parent
    Just seems lazy


  • They pay for someone to look after there child & now they wanted to pay someone to toilet train there child do these parents do anything with there child l know they are busy with work But children need attention from there parents But that’s only my opinion


  • I am not surprise it is the most stress full time for parents.


  • Very interesting, both my little ones led the potty training when they were ready, but whatever works for this family, if they are genuinely busy & can afford it.


  • Just couldn’t believe this when I read it. Guess it takes all types.


  • There are those who are very experienced at toilet training and I believe that they have a great idea of sorting it out – but I believe it takes two days fulltime to toilet train a child effectively. At three years of age this should occur very easily with someone concentrating on it.


  • I don’t agree. Some kids aren’t mentally ready at 3 each child will learn and tell you when they are ready


  • I would not….it was the easiest thing to do with mine two kids.


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