Many parents I know fear this dreaded stage even though it’s a perfectly normal part of growing up and affects almost 600,000 children in the UK every year I know I am not alone in my anxiety around it and getting your child dry at night seems almost like a race as some parents proclaim how fantastic their child was, just as those same parents claimed their child slept through from day one! … All our children are different and each and everyone will be dry when they are ready!
As children grow and they experience new things sometimes daily, these can all affect confidence and this can be the route cause for bedwetting, however for some little folks its just a matter of time and patience, but anything you can do to help build a child’s confidence is going to help with learning.
So you see you are not alone, my brother was bed wetting well into school age and it really is about what is normal for each child and for those still experiencing it here are some handy tips from Children’s Confidence coach Naomi Richards:
Try something new. During the day, encourage your child to try new things. When a child sees that they are able to master something new it will make them feel good.
Give them a choice. Rather than make all their decisions for them get them involved in making a few of their own. You can do this simply by letting them choose what they wear or what they do that day. Children feel empowered when they are considered and make decisions. It builds their self-esteem!
Top marks! Emphasise how well they are doing in all areas of their life and highlight how grown up they are becoming. Remind your child what they’ve achieved that day and what they’ve learned.
Communication is key. Always communicate with your child and ask their opinions or advice on something as this makes them feel valued. In addition, parents should use bedtime to talk to their child about their day and discuss with them any worries they may have.
Time for a story. Instead of reading your child a bedtime story, why not ask them to read to you? This is a great way to get them to share the skills they’ve learned during the day and will make them feel really proud.
DryNites is working with celebrity mum Denise Van Outen and kids coach Naomi Richards to help parents inspire confidence in their children both day and night.The DryNites Confident Kids 24/7 campaign aims to provide parents with helpful tools and advice to boost their child’s confidence and overcome challenges such as bedwetting and DryNites pyjama pants offer discreet, age-appropriate protection for your child to help them feel as grown-up at night as they do during the day.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post as part of my ambassador role with DryNites