This last year has been an epic whirlwind of growth for Joshua, turning 4 years old last April and starting School in September it would be fair to say that where changes and growth are concerned this year has been a toughie.
We started the year with odd bedwetting accidents which we knew thankfully were a perfectly normal part of growing up as it affects 600,000 children in the UK every year so knew this would be something that he would grow out of in his own time especially if he felt confident and we found that talking with him and involving him in the process worked well, we set routines that included ensuring less water was drunk in the hours on the run up to bed and making sure he went to the toilet before bed … we also installed a night-light in his room incase he wanted to get up in the night for the toilet.
But most of all both Ollie and I removed any pressure … for me personally I felt that we had failed as parents for not getting it right 100% and although I never relayed that to Joshua there must have been an element of pressure on him so by us accepting that time and confidence were the way forward we have had no accidents in a long time.
This year we are celebrating seeing out little boy turn from a friendly little person to a confident self-assured boy and we are thrilled at just how much he has come on in all aspects of his development and he no longer uses any DryNites pyjama pants but I now know where they are for bump when we get their next time and I will no longer be stressing like I did last time either.
I guess also I have developed this year in my abilities too … I am not so stressed with all aspects of being a parent, I am more laid back and I think this is in part due to knowing I am not on my own and each child’s development is different.
This year I have also been supporting DryNites as one of their blogger ambassadors and have loved sharing about the lovely celebrity mum Denise van Outen and kids coach Naomi Richards in their mission to help parents inspire confidence in their children both day and night with the DryNites Confident Kids 24/7 campaign that aimed to provide parents with helpful tools and advice to boost their child’s confidence and overcome challenges such as bedwetting and I hope like me some of my readers have found this helpful …. after all being a parent is a minefield and sometimes some of the hardest challenges are knowing where to look for advice.
Thanks DryNites for helping support us in this challenge.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.