How to Gamify Bed-Wetting

How to Gamify Bed-Wetting

Making the problem a game can help take the embarrassment out of the situation for your children, and give them a little bit of extra motivation to keep on top of their bedtime routine.  Invent a game that works for your child and it can be fun for you too!
Assign points – Develop your own point system.  Assign points to parts of the night time routine.  Each part can have its own number of points and you can assign points to as many things as you want (try to keep it under 10 though so your children can remember them all).  Your children always forget to use the toilet the second time?  Up their motivation by assigning it more points than the other parts.  

Keep Track on Your Calendar –

Write down how many points he or she gets each day on the calendar.  If your children know how to write, let them write it down themselves as this can make them feel more involved in the game and responsible for the outcome.  

Mix it up –

The game gets pretty boring if your kids always gets five points for brushing their teeth and two for putting their pajamas on.  So mix it up!  Make special surprise stickers on the calendar to reward extra points on some days.  Put post-its on every day of the calendar with daily rewards.  Maybe today your child gets double points for brushing his or her teeth or a bonus for using the toilet.  Surprise is key.  Write the reward on the back of the post-it and don’t tell them what extra reward for that night was until the next day when you are tallying up points.  Make the only way to guarantee extra points is to do everything!

Reward Points with “Prizes” – Prizes can be anything from a new toy to dinner at a favorite restaurant.  Keep it interesting by making these surprises as well.  Write it down on a piece of paper and put it in a place your children can’t get to.  Reveal at the end of the week.  If it is hard for your children to get all of the points every week or it is discouraging to them when they don’t get prizes, try having prize levels.  If they get all of the points the prize will be bigger and more exciting than if they only get half.  Make sure the prizes are corresponding to effort though.  Lots of effort should be rewarded with a big prize.  Minimal effort shouldn’t be rewarded at all.

Create Villains – Physical rewards can be fun, but feeling like you are tackling the bad guys can be fun too!  Try making the points a vehicle to conquering a villain.  You can make up the villain or steal it from a TV show.  Make sure it isn’t too scary though.  You want this to be fun for your children, not give them nightmares.  On the flip side, you can also create a good guy who needs power ups (in the form of points of course) – either to defeat the villain or to bring your children the reward at the end of the week.

Personalize the Game – Does your child have a favorite video game or TV show?  Use your imagination to add characters and story lines to the game that correspond with that theme.  Maybe a certain number of points is required to keep Swiper from stealing Dora the Explorer’s backpack or to get Dora to the next stage of the adventure.

Remember that this only works if you children are engaged in the game.  Don’t try to force it on them.  If it isn’t fun, it won’t do either of you any good.  Use your imagination and try different things to keep the game fun and both of you engaged.

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