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Balancing Parental Responsibility when it comes to Milestones

It’s hard to believe that Christmas has rolled around once again but we’re embracing the start of the festive season by celebrating the importance of family and togetherness. Learning to balance parental responsibility inevitably makes the relationship between a couple stronger and improves the overall family dynamic too. 

Finding the Right Balance

Milestone training is a major challenge for both parents and children which is why it’s essential to plan ahead as far as possible and make sure that everyone gets a fair share of responsibility. If it all gets too much for one parent, the other should be ready to step in with everyone working together to help the child.

Even though one parent may take the lion’s share of the training due to, for example, the other parent going out to work, the concept of teamwork can help your child through this time and support milestone learning.

Set out guidelines at the beginning because chopping and changing during the process may upset your child’s progress. This means working out a realistic schedule for the times and days when each parent can be hands-on with the process and, for example, keep an eye out for signs that your child wants to use the toilet.

Nighttime Potty Training

You can also have one parent take on nighttime potty training if their working hours prevent daytime training support. This provides a sense of continuity for the child and supports their emotional growth as both parents are invested in the process.

There are also lots of fun tasks that you can do to support a collaborative potty training process. Go shopping together as a family to buy big girl/boy underpants. Have potty training books in the bathroom that both mum and dad read to their toddler. Install the Family Seat together and give everyone tasks, however small, to make them feel a part of it.

This includes older siblings and anyone else who might be closely involved in the training process such as grandparents. Both parents can also track their child’s progress on the Potty Training Chart and encourage their child to use the door hanger to signal their need to use the loo.

Setting a Good Example

All of these methods will all work to set your child a good example as they see that their parents can support one another through these challenging times. They also have a positive knock-on effect when your child starts nursery or visits a friend’s house.

He or she will already be used to taking a collaborative approach to potty training and more likely to feel confident about using a different toilet. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work and when that dream is potty training, it’s important to have a united front.


The Family Seat Progress Chart and Door Hanger are a great way to set up a rewards-based system for potty training. Every Family Seat comes complete with these potty-training essentials and a 10-Year Guarantee.

For advice on any aspect of potty training and for any help purchasing a Family Seat, email our team at . Family Seat supports the children’s communication charity I CAN, who are experts in helping children to develop the language, speech and communication skills that they need to thrive in our 21st-century world. We donate 50p to I CAN on each and every seat purchased through the official Family Seat website.

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