Are Potty Training Rewards GOOD or BAD?! | 6

I know the topic of rewards while potty training can be a bit controversial and many of us have mixed feelings. In this week's episode, I share my candid clinical recommendations as well as my personal experience when it comes to rewards and potty training. But I'll cut to the chase in this email - I think it's up to the parent/caregiver to decide. Every parent is so different and what motivates one child might not motivate another.  I think it's important to decide what's best for your family even if it takes a bit of trial and error to get there.  This week's episode dives in to what positive reinforcement is, the different forms (including rewards) and some things to consider about each form.  Now one thing I didn't mention in the episode that I want to make clear is there's a difference between rewards and bribing. Rewards are pre-planned and intentional. It follows the behavior you're trying to teach while bribes precede the behavior. A reward sounds like, "WHEN you sit on the potty, THEN you'll receive this." VS a bribe sounds like, "I'll give you a piece of candy IF you sit on the potty." Bribes are often done out of desperation and overwhelm. Visit to check out my potty training class!


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