Creative Rewards to Keep Your Child Interested in Potty Training
One of the common concerns of first time parents who are potty training their child is how to keep their little one interested. Potty training is a tricky process and it can get frustrating if your child becomes demotivated and loses interest in the training. So how do you keep them engaged? One way would be to create a reward scheme to make the process fun! Here are some creative ideas to get you started and keep you moving closer to potty training success!
Track progress with a potty progress journal
Help your child become more invested in the training by tracking his progress through a potty progress journal. Make the journal more personal by creating it from scratch. Purchase a planner or journal from a supplies store and let your child decorate it with stickers, doodles and pictures.
The potty progress journal must feature a calendar that you can use to write notes indicating your child’s progress. For example, if he successfully went to the potty in Day 1, let him add a sticker or write a star on the corresponding day. Give a surprise prize when the calendar is filled up!
Read stories in the restroom
Some children hate going to the toilet and if your child is one of them, then you might want to make the restroom into a place he can look forward to. One way to do this is to keep books in there. Take your child to the bookstore and choose fun children’s books together. Explain to your toddler that these books are reserved for potty breaks only, meaning you will only read a page or two of the story whenever he goes to the toilet.
This reward scheme should make going to the toilet less of a chore for your child. It is also a creative way to keep the potty in your child’s mind and to encourage him to make it to the restroom in time all the time.
Come up with a fun jar
Instead of toys or treats, why not get extra creative and thoughtful by rewarding your child with a fun and creative activity that you can do together. Make a list of interesting things you can do like a trip to an amusement park, learning a new hobby together or making crafts. Write these activities on a roll of paper and put it in a clean glass jar. Every time your child makes progress, let him pick out a random piece of paper from the jar and do the activity.
Throw a potty-themed party…yes, you read that right!
Potty training is hard work so it’s not a bad idea to celebrate this milestone with a party! Throw a potty-themed get-together when your child completes the training. Invite your child’s playmates and other friends and family so you can all celebrate the success together.
The party doesn’t have to be a big elaborate one, a simple gathering at home will do. The important thing is that your child feels appreciated for the focus and effort he put into the training.
- Potty training rewards could reinforce positive or negative behavior on your child so be careful with your choice of prize. For example, when choosing edible treats to give as a reward, go for healthier options as candies might condition your child to believe that junk food is better than healthy food.
- Don’t stress yourself out with the rewards system or the rules. Like everything about potty training, use a relaxed comfortable approach. Potty training prizes should encourage learning and positivity, not the other way around.
What creative rewards would you add to this list? Share them in the comment section!
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