Keeping Emotions in Check for a Better Bedtime
Meagan Francis, Mother and Blogger
Nighttime accidents have a way of really bringing out an emotional response in me – and not a good one! I don’t like messes, and I really don’t like stripping and re-making beds. So when I’m encountered by a tangle of wet sheets first thing in the morning – or discover them as I’m putting the kids to bed – I admit I sometimes have to take a deep breath to keep from showing my distemper.
I know it’s not rational for me to be angry with my child over something he can’t control, but we parents are only human. Still, I know we will all get a better night’s sleep if I can keep my emotions under control and not let my triggers get the better of me.
Here are some tips I’ve discovered to take the emotional response out of bedwetting:
Remember, they are still kids.
Sometimes I’ve found myself wishing my child would “just get over” nighttime accidents. It sometimes helps me to remember that when my son was a baby, I would never have gotten angry with him over a wet diaper – knowing he couldn’t help it. Now that he looks, acts, and talks like a Big Kid® in so many ways, it’s easy to sometimes forget that he’s still growing; and still needs my patience and support while his body catches up with his brain.
Think of bedtime as bonding time.
Take a few moments before bed to make sure your child has used the bathroom, tuck him in and talk to him – all of these activities can help him feel more at ease about the night to come. Often, addressing bedwetting head-on is the best approach. Try saying something like, “I know you’re going to try hard to stay dry tonight, but I want you to know it is okay if you have an accident.” This approach can be a good way to remind your child – and yourself – that no matter what, you’re proud of him and know he’s trying his best.
When bedwetting doesn’t happen every night, it’s tempting to put a mattress cover on the bed and hope for the best. But when a child is still having accidents fairly often, it’s stressful for both parent and child to wonder if tonight will be an easy night – or a complicated one. GoodNites® Underwear offer one way to give kids, Moms and Dads peace of mind at night – and avoid an uncomfortable, messy and stressful “surprise” in the morning.