Just a heads up. I’m not going to be posting about our potty training journey everyday or even most days. And I’m not going to be graphic.
But for those of you just joining, here’s the first post of my potty training series: a break, but with another challenge.
After getting ready for our big day Monday, I went to bed super late… I cleared Boo’s playing area: putting away the play area gate, putting away most toys, and clearing the floor. I placed one potty in the living room/play area with two books besides it.
In the kitchen I have the same set-up, one potty with two books. However, this potty is the one I bring with us to the backyard when we’re doing outside stuff.
In the bathroom, I have a toilet trainer on the toilet with some books next to the toilet.
Then I created 2 rewards chart for Boo and hung one on top of the other on the dining room wall after I took down all the other hangings: paintings,drawings and such.
The first chart is currently on top of the other. I’m thinking the rewards chart will not only help establish the rewards concept but also serve as a visual reminder. The idea is, after each pee/poo in the any of the potty, Boo places a sticker on the chart and gets some mini M&Ms. I bought the mini M&Ms several weeks ago in anticipation of the next potty training period.
The second chart starts after the first is finished and potty training is more established. After each pee/poo in the any of the potty, Boo places a sticker on the chart. After each line of stars is covered with stickers, Boo gets a chocolate kiss, mini or regular. I haven’t decided yet. At the completion of the entire chart, he gets new fire truck.
I chose these incentives because Boo already loves chocolate and he’s been asking for a fire truck for some time. He’s not that into stickers, but I wanted a visual representation of completion. I decided against coloring in or crossing off in case Boo does that on his own. He has times when he’s drawing/coloring unsupervised. He doesn’t walk around with his crayons/markers nor does he draw on anything but the paper. But I didn’t want to take the chance and needing to reprint the chart.
We’ll see how these work out. =)