I DESPISE potty training!! It ranks in my top 2 hardest parenting endeavors thus far.
One thing that is ‘supposed’ to make potty training easier…
A reward is not to be confused with a bribe. (common mistake) A reward follows a behavior. A bribe precedes the behavior. A reward should be given as soon as the behavior is accomplished to establish a correlation between the behavior and the incentive.
A reward is most efficient for children close to the age of three, where they can understand that by going to the potty means they will get a reward.
Rewards that worked for my kids were stickers, suckers, or an M&M. My daughter receives one M&M for trying and two for being successful. (Professionals would advise us not to reward with candy or food so our children don’t grow up rewarding themselves with food and developing unhealthy eating habits.)
Mommy Mistakes: Letting your 1/2 way potty-trained daughter wear “big girl underwear” during a play date IF she goes pee on the potty. FAIL. She got too busy and peed on the carpet. (thankfully at our home) I couldn’t get mad or upset with her…she is learning. And obviously, so am I!!
OR-the common bribe, “I will buy you this toy but you have to promise to stay dry all day!” I would place $50 on the fact that your child did NOT stay dry;)
At the end of the day, I think us parents deserve the reward. A glass of wine for every attempt, failed attempt, and success.