Dealing With Potty Accidents Positively

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Potty training your kid can take a while, and accidents are common. Sometimes you feel that things are moving as planned and you think you need not buy those diapers again. But then suddenly, your kid seems to forget all that training and you feel you are back to square one with those potty accidents happening all over again. You start wondering if your training was good enough or the child seems to have forgotten all those lessons? Well, this is what we will try to understand on this page and how to deal with potty accidents successfully.

Reasons behind those potty accident accidents

Take those setbacks in your stride as they are bound to happen. Your child might take a few steps backward and there could be many reasons behind. It is his age and personality. There is nothing wrong with him or your training. It is perfectly normal for toddlers to continue having accidents up to 6 months even after they have been potty trained.

Potty Accidents Positively

When parents are finally feeling confident and congratulating themselves on a job well done, their kid starts having the accident again. Try not to be too worried about this as all your efforts are not going to go waste. Your child still doesn’t have complete control over his bladder and bowels and if bound to get distracted at times. He will tell you when it is already too late.

What to do

No matter how frustrating it may be, one should muster all the patient they can and remain calm. The first step would be to calm the child and comfort him.  The first step would be to clan the child and get him into dry clothes. Try to be very low key as if nothing has happened. Although you may get frustrated to scold him, or scowl, keep that smile on your face and speak softly and gently to him. Always offer your support and encouragement. However, make the child aware that he’s had an accident and is not okay. Or, he may start thinking that this is passable and acceptable. Praise the child when he does use the potty and tells you in time that he needs to go and try again when he seems more receptive and is willing to follow and understand.

What not to do

Potty training your child certainly requires heaps of patience. Still, as grownups, we keep on making mistakes when it comes to handling potty accident accidents. Here is a list of don’ts that should be strictly followed.

  • Don’t force the child to go and sit on the potty, hoping to avoid the accident.
  • Never punish your child or hurt his self-esteem.
  • Avoid shouting at him or scolding him, no matter how tempted you might be.

Some Tips to avoid the accidents

Even though potty accidents can be frustrating, try not to let this show. Prepare yourself mentally that these accidents are bound to happen and this is a part of the learning process.

  • Rush to the toilet if your child hints that he needs to use the potty
  • Take him to the toilet if he is too busy in play for long hours or ask him if needs to use the potty.
  • Ask him to use the toilet if you are leaving the house or are going for a trip

Just remember that potty accidents are not something to get over anxious about or react too negatively. It might be embarrassing especially when you are in public, but take it in your stride. There is no damage done. Just remain positive about the whole experience and don’t be stingy with your praises for the child.  Get more information on parenting and how to take good care of your child, so that you enjoy every moment of togetherness and share a strong bond.

Jyotsna Ramani is a passionate writer and an avid globetrotter. She had a knack for writing since her early years, though that was mostly letters to her penpals and jotting her thoughts down in her "Dear Diary". Over the years, she realized how her hobby could turn into a full time career and she started writing web content, books and pieces for local magazines. There has been no looking back ever since.

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