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Potty problems

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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Good morning everyone, I am hoping someone could offer some advise.  I am STILL struggling with my 6 year old not making it to the bathroom on time.  She gets way too involved in what she is doing weather it be playing or watching TV or whatever.  She waits until the very last possible second to go and by then its way too late.  I just dont know what else to do.  I have to constantly remind her to go and even then she still tells me she doesnt have to go.  I have taken her to her dr to rule out anything medical and I am assured that she is perfectly healthy.  She knows she has to go but doesnt want to take the time.  Is there anyone here that is going through the same thing or knows what I am going through?  I do make her clean up her mess and take her wet things to the laundry room and I have even made her rinse them in the sink beforehand and still, she continues to do it.  Thankfully she does not have this problem at school which tells me its NOT physical.  If anyone can offer me some suggestions, I would really appreciate it.  Thank you very much everyone!

Mary

by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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itscool2recycle
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 11:23 AM

i would like to know too, only my dd is almost 4.

mom_not_maid
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM


Quoting itscool2recycle:

i would like to know too, only my dd is almost 4.

Hi, is she as stubborn as my daughter? lol  All of my friends tell me to ignore it but its not something I can just ignore, especially when she is sitting on the couch or furniture.  I shouldnt have to remind a 6 year old to go to the bathroom when she clearly knows she has to go.  Taking away her toys and TV does nothing, she just finds something else to do.

Mary

CoeyG
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

What you need to do is stop punishing her and start helping her,  She is a 6 year old, not a minieature adult.  Her little mind is too busy to stop and think about going to the bathroom.  What worked for me was that every hour to hour and half I would make her stop whatever it was she was doing and I'd escort her to the bathroom.  Yes she will protest but that is why you are the parent and should be in conttrol, if she is watching television, turn it off, if she is outside with friends bring her in.  Once she gets into the habit of going she will start doing so herself. 

mom_not_maid
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 12:25 PM


Quoting CoeyG:

What you need to do is stop punishing her and start helping her,  She is a 6 year old, not a minieature adult.  Her little mind is too busy to stop and think about going to the bathroom.  What worked for me was that every hour to hour and half I would make her stop whatever it was she was doing and I'd escort her to the bathroom.  Yes she will protest but that is why you are the parent and should be in conttrol, if she is watching television, turn it off, if she is outside with friends bring her in.  Once she gets into the habit of going she will start doing so herself. 

I do escort her to the bathroom and yes she does protest 90% of the time but I am persistant.  I stand outside the door until she has gone.  I dont punish her but I do make her responsible for her actions but having her help me clean up the mess.  Her own dr suggested making her more responsible and helping.  I just didnt think I would have to remind a 6 year old to go to the bathroom all the time especially when she does fine in school and doesnt have issues there.  Thank you very much for your post.

Mary

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