Is It OK to offer my child rewards during toilet training?
May 15, 2017
Toilet training is one of the biggest milestones in your child’s early development. Let’s quickly re-consider what is involving in the learning process. Your child needs to:
Wow! That’s a huge amount to learn, lock in and remember. Plus there are far more interesting things your child could be doing like blowing bubbles or chasing grasshoppers – these are way more fun, less hard work and instantly rewarding!
Rewards, when used in the right way, can be an effective tool to help your child learn the routines of toilet training. Rewards don’t have to be objects or lollies – positive reinforcement with a cheer, high-five, a funny dance can all help to reinforce your child’s learning.
So how should rewards for toilet training work?
There are a few key points to consider when thinking about implementing a rewards system during toilet training.
Use a visual chart to reinforce your rewards
Talking through the main steps for going to the toilet, then putting rewards in place for completing all the steps can be a great way to help reinforce these actions over time. But it can be hard for children to remember all the steps.
We have made an easy to follow visual chart of the main steps involved in going to the toilet. Simply enter your email address below to download the chart for free. You can then print it out and put it somewhere easy to see, decided on your reward, and start encouraging your child to try out each of the steps next time you head to the toilet!
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