get kids to flush potty


I can’t even tell you how many times a day I use to walk into a bathroom and find the last visitor left without flushing!

Just how difficult is it to flush a toilet? 

I get that my kids are little but a 10-year-old, 7-year-old or 4-year-old ought to be able to pull a lever. It’s got to be easier than clearing the table and I can get them to do that – most of the time.

I thought I was the only parent who struggled with this. While perusing Facebook I saw that my friend Lara was having this same problem. Only Lara is a total genius and came up with a simple solution to get her kids to flush.

She fixed this problem! FIXED it. Her kids are flushing and she did it Pavlovian style.

How To Get Your Kids To Flush

Lara placed a bell by the toilet and when the kids flushed and washed their hands they got to ring the bell. Lara would hear the bell ring and cheer for them.

I had to try this in our home so I jumped on Amazon and found this Handbell, ordering one for each bathroom.

When the bells came I explained to the kids how they worked. We had some resistance but before I knew it, toilets were flushing and bells were ringing! (I may have also heard a choir of Angels singing. LOL!)


Bell Success

bell and potty trainingMy friend Victoria who blogs over at obSEUSSed saw my ecstatic Facebook post about my success and shared this with me, “I saw your tip a few weeks ago and it has worked wonders. I put it by my sink and he rings the bell after flushing and washing. It alerts me that he has done it so I tell him to give me a high five. Bonus reward! If we are in a hurry leaving the house, he still has to make sure he rings that bell. He is making it a habit! Thanks so much!”

I hope #momtip this works for you too! Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to flush a random toilet again?

Please leave a comment and let us know if this could work in your home – we love to hear from you!