In the midst of potty training, sometimes that diaper-free light at the end of the tunnel is so tempting that parents forget all the little habits that go along with potty training. It’s not just using the potty that’s important; children also need to know how to aim, how to wipe and how to wash their hands. Teaching the right habits, right from the beginning doesn’t take a lot of extra time. But it does take a mom who pays attention to details.
1 Draw a grid on the poster board. Make four rows and as many columns as space will allow.
2 Write the four healthy bathroom habits in the first column. These are: "using the potty," "aiming," "wiping" and "washing hands."
3 Remind your child to use each of the four healthy habits every time she goes to the bathroom.
4 Put a sticker in the row for each habit every time your little one successfully completes the healthy task.
5 Set goals for groups of stickers. For example, when your child gets ten stickers, she may earn a special trip to the park or the opportunity to watch her favorite movie, while 30 stickers may earn painted toenails.