We often talk about potty training reward systems and how they can motivate successes in the process.
Typically, you’ll think of tangible ‘prizes’ such as stickers, reward charts and perhaps the odd toy here and there.
Reward systems don’t always have to be something that the child ‘gets’ though. In fact, we’ve written before about how the simple act of reading a story together can be a positive reward during the potty training process.
So with Pancake Day peeping above the horizon, it got us thinking…
Well it’s simple. Pancakes are always a treat, no matter whether you prefer them sweet or savoury.
The process of making pancakes isn’t’ something we do all of the time. It’s unusual, requires a bit of forward planning, but is actually really simple.
And kids love it. FACT.
Our tips to make Pancake Day play into your potty training routine
Here are a few ways that you can use the excitement of Pancake Day to incentivise the potty training process.
Get the kids involved in the making. Break the process of preparing the pancake batter down into steps and offer the child a step for each thing they do in the day. For example, tell them that if they have a wee, they get to measure the flour, if they do a poo, they get to break the eggs in etc.
Make as many as they do. Tell your child that you will make as many pancakes as parts of the potty training process they accomplish that day. Be prepared for lots of trips to the loo, but then, practice makes perfect so that can only be a good thing!
Allow them to create their own toppings. Rather than offering sweets as rewards, tell them that if they do what you ask them (from your routine), they can choose their own toppings and even prepare them e.g. chopping up fruit or spreading on chocolate spread etc.
Offer them a bonus. If you’re planning a savoury pancake dinner, offer them the extra bonus of a sweet version as pudding if they try really hard all day.
And to get you started, we tend to follow Delia’s basic pancake batter mix but double the quantity as our kids are greedy with their pancakes!
Our tip is to just throw everything in bowl or jug and use a hand blender to combine – always perfect batter in moments!