Staying Motivated As a Parent for Potty Training Success

 Keeping your toddler motivated during the potty training process is a key factor in potty training success, but often times we neglect that we as parents need some encouragement along the way as well!  I decided to end this series with ways you as a parent can stay motivated, and enthusiastic, during the sometimes long days of potty training. Your positive attitude can be so incredibly contagious, and leave a meaningful impact on your child’s overall experience.

Here are 5 Ways to Stay Motivated As a Parent for Potty Training Success: 



 Just to recap:

1. Keep it Light – Choose to laugh at the embarrassing moments or messes.  Make the process FUN. Make up a dance or a song, decorate their potty chair, throw a potty training party, or something creative that makes potty training enjoyable rather than just a chore.

2. Make It A Team EffortGet your spouse on board with the details.  Encourage one another. Give each other a much needed break from watching Elmo Potty for the 114th time.

3. Reward Yourself with Little PerksReward your child AND yourself with little treats along the way for their small potty training successes.  Perhaps it’s a Starbucks run, or a little chocolate, just something to give yourself a little pat on the back for progress.

4. Reward Yourself with Big PerksWhen you have potty training “in the can” be sure to reward your hard work and efforts with a special celebration.

5. Keep It All In PerspectiveYou WILL get through this!  This is only a little blip of your child’s life, so remember in the moment that this too shall pass! Literally. =)

I’d love to hear your ideas on how you as a parent stay motivated during potty training! What keeps you encouraged and inspired to persevere?

Need More Potty Training Advice?  Try these posts:

Five Tips for Potty Training On The Go

Doing The Potty Dance – Questions and Answers with Dr. Gwenn

The Potty Training Quadruplets Video Diaries Part I

The Potty Training Quadruplets Video Diaries Part 2



Pull-Ups has compensated me for my time and efforts in talking about my experiences potty training. However, my opinions on the product and Potty Dance Day experience are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Pull-Ups® or their products.

7 thoughts on "Staying Motivated As a Parent for Potty Training Success"

  1. Carrie says:

    Thanks for sharing those tips! This is something that I completely missed as I was potty training my oldest. It wasn’t fun…for either of us!! I’m definitely going to do things different for my second one.

  2. Jen, you know that I am dog blogger that follows your blog because your kids are just so adorable. So I thought I would offer a little humor to you on my potty training habits. Here ya go………..Are you ready……….

    We installed a Doggy Door 🙂

    Have a great day!


  3. Crystal says:

    My family was a foster family, so in addition to my parents’ own 6 children, they have potty-trained several others. I’ve “seen it done” so many times that I knew with my own son that success would eventually happen, and that was very encouraging!

  4. Eos Mom says:

    Thanks so much for this encouragement! I’ll be diving into potty training in a few weeks (after we get back from vacation). It was so long and hard with my son, I’m a little scarred (and a lot scared)–hoping it’s easier this time!

  5. I keep telling myself that if we could potty train twins while juggling a newborn, we can handle one kiddo, right? Unfortunately, my 2 year old wants NOTHING to do with the potty! ha! he is terrified of it – won’t sit on it, won’t stand near it. He’s curious about everyone else’s business…but wants none of it himself. The twins were all for it so this is a new thing we’re dealing with. Guess we’ll have to wait until he’s ready!

    April is Autism Awareness Month. I’m dedicating my blog all month long to Autism.

  6. I can honestly say… I’m glad my pottytraining days are behind me. 🙂 But these are great tips!

  7. Nice post, I’ve just got a border terrier puppy to train.

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