Potty training isn’t something most of us look forward to, but it’s something we all have to get through at some stage of our parenting journey! It can be messy, frustrating and time consuming – but there are tools to help. Why not print off our free potty training reward chart – it’s free, fun and easy to use.
Download and print out your potty training reward chart here
We also have plenty of advice on potty training from how to get started, and how to know if your child is ready to real mum’s stories about potty training.
How to use reward charts
It’s up to you whether you use stickers, or perhaps coloured markers or pens.
You can give your child a tick, a smiley face or a sticker each time he gets it right, or you can mark it off at the end of each day (best used with older children).
A few things to remember about reward charts
- It’s best to choose one behaviour at a time – so whether it’s bedtimes, sibling arguments, or tantrums – focus on that one thing. In this case it’s obviously potty training.
- Clearly explain to your child what the chart is for and make your plan SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
- Let your child have an input into the prizes on offer – you may be surprised at what they come up with, and it’s often a great insight into WHY their behaviour is lacking in the first place.
Each mark on their chart will be like a mini prize to them. You could also give them one Smartie each time they get a tick, or wait until they have five, six or a week’s worth of ticks before giving them something bigger – perhaps a one-on-one hot chocolate date with mum. Be sure you stick to the plan from the start though – no changing the goalposts midway through!
Reward charts are highly adaptable, so go with whatever works for you and your family.
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