You With the Kid

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Question 23:
Talk about a moment when you got annoyed with a married friend, a person in a relationship, or a person with kids (Be honest! No judgment!)

I had to clean a preschool boy who woke up from a nap covered in his own bowel movement because his parents have not potty trained him even after they’ve been told he needs to be potty trained to be in school.

It was annoying because I was there on many of the times we’ve told them and given them advice on how to potty train their son. But we could tell they didn’t put in much effort because there was hardly any change. The boy moved up to preschool and he had a lot of accidents (since all preschool kids had to be in underwear). I could see he would be embarrassed because his peers didn’t have accidents, and that broke my heart.

Someone recently said that you need to let the child decide when he’s ready to use the potty. I disagree so much. I’ve come across other kids who should have already been potty trained, but were not. The accidents they get takes away pieces of their dignity. Some of their friends laugh at them or look at them with pity. They get alienated. They miss out on the activities their peers are doing. And some very tired teachers reprimand them because they didn’t tell the teacher they needed to go. But it’s not their fault! They weren’t taught to listen to their bodies and to alert the teacher that nature calls.

I concede that you can’t force children to use the potty, but isn’t that why it’s called training? We can’t always wait for them to be ready to use it on their own because they may never feel ready.

Question 24:
If you could relive ONE day of your life, what would it be? And would you change anything?

I had the opportunity, the time, and the finances to go to Haiti on a mission/humanitarian trip a short time after it was hit by the earthquake. I let what other people think stop me. I’ve regretted it ever since. It was one of those things I should have fought for and done. If I could relive ONE day, it would be the day I didn’t stand my ground.

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