Ah, potty training. Some parents wish they could hire someone to take care of this stage, while others take it in stride. There are some things that might make the process easier, though, regardless of how you anticipate potty training. Here are some tips on what to avoid and how to be successful.
1. Go for the elimination of liquid waste first. For little ones, having a bowel movement on the potty is often a much bigger deal than just urinating. So you might try giving them extra liquids on a day when you are going to be hanging around the house, and see about encouraging them to go.
2. Try using a reward system. Using candy or other food rewards for potty successes is a matter of some debate, so you might want to stick with less controversial reward systems like a sticker chart. Each time your child goes on the potty, let her put a sticker on her chart. You can make a big calendar with the days of the week so she can see how many times she’s used the potty that day or week. Or you may just want to use a chart made up of blank squares.