Every time a customer buys our Family Seat, we are pleased to know that we are sending them all the tools they need to start on the right path for successful potty training. That’s because we include complimentary potty-training tools with every one of our seats including the all-important progress chart.
First thing’s first. Never underestimate the power of accessories in helping your children to learn. Stickers, bright colours, tokens - they all enhance that sense of achievement and encourage a positive attitude and motivation around learning and growth.
Praise and encouragement are crucial for potty training which is why having a chart to monitor and actually draw attention to your child’s progress will prove so valuable. That’s why our first tip may be obvious but is very important… use it!
All too often, we get side-tracked by the million and one parenting duties that make up our day. That might mean we set up the Family Seat in the bathroom but the additional accessories (wall chart and door hanger) fall by the wayside.
Don’t fall into this trap because it’s essential to keep things consistent and have the rewards chart there from the very beginning. If you put it up too late in the process, you risk losing the appeal.
While it can be tempting to control the process and mark the progress on the chart yourself, especially when you’re short on time (and patience), we wouldn’t recommend it. Mastering independence is key to successful potty training, which is why your child should always be the one to mark their own progress. They will need guidance at the beginning but don’t be overbearing as it’s all part of the process.
We also advise being generous with the progress. Reward the smaller steps and the bigger ones will come easier. Trust us on this one. An empty chart is not going to do anyone any good.
Equally, don’t add to the progress chart for the wrong reasons. You might feel guilty that your child hasn’t had much success in potty training or they’re simply having a bad day and you want to cheer them up. Creating “fake” progress will undermine the situation and part of the learning curve is that your child understands that there’s credit where credit’s due.
On the flip side, you can also use your judgement to learn when progress deserves a little bit of extra acknowledgement. Be it half an hour on the iPad or a bar of chocolate, the little things often go a long way.
The Family Seat is built with an ergonomic, solid construction resulting in a strong, stable seat to give your child confidence during the potty-training process. For advice on any aspect of potty training and for any help purchasing a Family Seat, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.