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Mindful Parenting: Looking Beyond the Behaviors

“Fine. If you’re going to pee your pants again, then you can’t sit on the couch anymore tonight.”

I said those words to my four year-old daughter last night. She’s been potty trained for over a year now, but it’s been a bumpy road. Things had been going really well for a few months, and then the accidents started again just over a week ago. I’d been doing my best to stay patient, but it all fell apart yesterday. Thanks to a bout of insomnia, I was functioning on two hours of sleep. And by functioning, I mean not at all. Quite frankly, I was a mess.

My little girl cried; the couch is her preferred spot in our living room. I was conflicted. I felt terrible about how upset my daughter was, but I was at the end of my rope and I felt like I needed to make a point. I needed my daughter to understand that there are consequences to her actions.

She looked at me through her tears and said, “I wish you wouldn’t get angry at me, Mommy.”

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Mindful Parenting: Looking Beyond the Behaviors

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  1. Thank you for your insightful blog! It’s not easy to deal with parenting issues when we’re exhausted. Your ideas will help me the next time I’m about to get discouraged.

    Just FYI, for your research about accidents with toddlers, I found that when my little boy would wet himself, many times it was because he needs a little help to deal with constipation. More water, fiber and cashew nuts usually does the trick.

    Take care,


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