Ok, not to go into TMI…but there are sometimes I think that my kids have forgotten what I have taught them about using the restroom. Like we discussed in our opening post, we are a real family experiencing real life. We do not have all of the answers nor do we ever claim that we know everything.
Now I know I am not alone in saying why don’t kids wipe, flush, wash hands, etc. It is like they don’t mind a stinky rear-end, or any itchy one. What is really confusing for me is that toilet paper is still being used but their underwear is telling a different story. I mean there is toilet paper everywhere sometimes after our youngest goes in there. It looks like a STINKY haunted house.
We have tried it all to get them to remember to wash their hands, flush, and wipe their butt. We have made them clean their own bathroom, which they enjoyed. We have taken a toy every time we see an un-flushed toilet or heard them leave without flushing. We have reminded them to wipe and wash when they have come out of the bathroom. But all of this to no avail. We have continued to see the same issues. We are about to go to supervised status with both kids. It is funny how you can remind them every time, how you can remind them before they go in and yet they still “forget.”
It hasn’t gotten to the point of replacing underwear but there have been times we have been close. I know if they aren’t doing it at home then they aren’t doing it away from home. Now I don’t care what people think about me but I do care about my kids and making sure they are being sanitary. I know kids are little petri dishes, but lets have good hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of germs to and fro.
They know they are suppose to wipe, flush, wash because all I have to say is did you forget something, and they go back in to do their business. This has been the most effective but if I am not around or within ear shot then the deeds go undone. Taking toys was effective for about a week, but it doesn’t matter anymore. We are now going to try positive reinforcement that they get something if they wipe X number of times, wash Y number, and flush Z number.
What would your child like as a positive reinforcement reward?
So I would like to know what you have done to help them remember to complete the task? Or are we alone in this stage of life?
~Joey & Bridgette
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