Goodnites Guide: Talking to your child about a night away from homeBy: Dr. Heather Wittenberg
Parents and children may feel a bit of added pressure when traveling, as there are extra considerations when planning trips with a child who wets the bed. However, it is possible for parents to plan and ensure stress-free nights away.
Part of being a kid means enjoying trips away from home – whether it’s a night at grandma’s house, a week at camp, a long weekend or a sleepover with a friend. Kids should be kids and fully enjoy these moments of childhood, so there’s no reason your child can’t enjoy these experiences just like any other kid.
Parents and children may feel a bit of added pressure when traveling, as there are extra considerations when planning these trips with a child who wets the bed. And while these types of trips can disrupt established nighttime routines, there are things parents can do to plan ahead so families can enjoy stress-free nights away from home.
First, have a casual conversation with whoever you’re traveling with, especially if you’re visiting friends or relatives. It’s a good idea to let them know ahead of time so there are no surprises and everyone feels looped in.
It’s also important to have a conversation directly with your child so they also know what to expect. These talking tips might help.
Main Conversation Points:
- I’m so excited for you to (add details about trip).
- Since you’re spending the night away from home, a few things are going to be different and your nighttime routine might change a little bit.
- We’ll make sure you know where the bathroom is, since you’re still going to go potty before bed like you always do and put on your Goodnites, so you can wear them on the trip just like you do at home. Same as your toothbrush, your pajamas, and your favorite stuffed animal.
- If you do have an accident at night, just remember that just like here at home, it’s no big deal.
- Remember that accidents happen and it’s not yours or anyone’s fault.
- Eventually you’ll be able to stay dry at night all the time, but for now I just want to make sure that you’re comfortable and confident so you can have a fun trip.
- Just let [me/your relative/friend’s parent] know so we can help and you can go off to having fun like you always do!