For parents of a bedwetter

I’ve seen this from three sides — as a teenage girl who suddenly started wetting the bed, as the mother of three children who wet the bed, as the sister of a five chronic bedwetters.

My Mom handled this wonderfully. She was strict and conservative. But she was calm, tolerant and compassionate — and immensely practical. What I learned from her (with links to more detailed posts):

Absolutely, positively do not 

  • punish
  • humiliate
  • scold
  • express frustration

It’s completely counterproductive. It only makes a child anxious and afraid, and stress will lead to more bedwetting. Trust me; I speak from experience:

Nobody wants to be in a wet bed! 

It’s about as unpleasant as anything can be, and cleaning it up isn’t much better.

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