Teagan did well today. Fantastic, actually. No accidents. Yay! Unlike yesterday, where she was great all day, but then she felt the need to go behind the sofa and pee her pants after dinner. After we rewarded her for being such a big girl.
Yesterday was so frustrating, as have these past few weeks. She’s perfectly capable of using the bathroom when she needs to, she knows to ask, but she’s decided that it’s just easier to not go, and she’ll then wet herself. We’ve been trying different tactics – encouragement, happiness and reward being the preferred, although voicing our disappointment started happening more and more often. I once let her stay in her wet pants because she just refused to believe they were wet, and it was a bit easier to ignore it than actually deal with it at the time. Leaving her in the soiled pants made me feel like I was a horrible parent, I’ve never done it again.
It would be ok, these serial accidents, if it wasn’t so deliberate. She will go and hide – like she did when she was young before starting training. You could ask her if she needs to go, she’ll say no, but two minutes later will stand in front of you with wet pants. We got the plastic lined training pants – crackle pants – but although they did help contain issues, they weren’t any sort of punishment. She liked them. We thought about putting her back in diapers – or pull-ups – but that seemed to be more of a backtrack than we needed to do.
I think that although she knows if she has to go to the bathroom, she doesn’t quite understand how urgent her need is. Eventually, she will get it. I know she will.
Anyway, today was a good day. We went to the park. She went down the slide with her sister. They loved it.
Ashlin asked for more :)
Ashlin also stood for a bit on her own, unsupported, then bent down and stood back up again. I fear she may have eaten a wood chip.
- March 28, 2012 (lisasff.wordpress.com)