Let me tell you!
If you have kids, you're gonna have to deal with it someday. Some kids get it right away. Some kids don't. Some kids, once they've got it, really get it! Some kids, not so much. But you gotta stick with it!
When you've been at it for awhile you start to notice the child's signs of needing to go. But that doesn't always mean they will want to stop what they've been doing to "go!" It's hard when they are engrossed in a game, to pull away and take a minute in the bathroom. They sometimes wont even realize they had to go. Some kids are like that. They don't even realize they need to go, until they've gone. These are the kids that are racing down the hall to go when they are older. They wait till the last minute, and they may not get there in time.
It's also hard when you're away from home. Say, in a nice neat Orthodontist's office, with a really cool play area, just for you! With a heat sensor mat on the wall where you can make handprints, and lots of books and magna doodle bads and a bead roller coaster thingy! And you just went to the bathroom before you got there, when mom was changing the baby. But still she keeps asking, "are you sure you don't want to just try and go poop?" And there's another little baby who wants to play and her daddy too.
That is exactly what happened to us, when a nice little poopy came sliding down his pant leg and landed right on the floor, for all to see. AAHHGG! It was also at that moment when the doctor wanted to see me, the mother of the tween who was getting her braces on. I told him he had to wait.
When we got back from the restroom, the father and his little girl were no longer in the office waiting area. Can you blame him?
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