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I'm not disabled myself, but my daughter has cerebral palsy, so I think about things from her point of view a lot. My opinion is that you should give priority to someone waiting who needs a disabled stall, but don't worry about using it otherwise, whether you have small children with you or not. While I appreciate people who go out of their way to help my ...


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Aside from your comfort with the location and requirement to ensure to their personal safety, as soon as they don't need help toileting and washing their hands. This could be as early as 3 or 4, or as late as 6 or 7, or later depending on the location. As children approach puberty, mixed bathrooms become less appropriate. I avoid this awkwardness by using ...


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My rule of thumb with both my children has been "if he/she can do it him/herself, he/she should". That includes going to the toilet, washing hands, etc. My four-year-old boy goes to the toilet by himself, whether it be in restaurants, shopping malls, etc. or at home. My seven-year-old obviously goes by herself as well, and has since she was about four (when ...


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I would suggest you make a routine with your child to go to toilet more often, even if he/she says it's not needed. Often just sitting there makes it happen and creates a nice feeling of relief. This way the whole subject will receive less importance which is often the source of the problem taking so long time to disappear.


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Yes, this is normal and yes, in large part it will take care of itself (but you might even revisit it again when he is between ten and 13 during the pre-adolescent stage too. To improve the situation, keep doing what you are doing. Also, NEVER flush for him (unless he is going to be gone for a few more hours). If you go in to use the bathroom yourself and ...


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In addition to @Balanced Mama's answer, you can also start a conversation: "I notice you often forget to flush the toilet. It really bugs me because it's gross when I have to use the bathroom. So this is not working for me. What would help you remember?" Have him brainstorm. Maybe he wants to make a 'remember to flush' sign for example. FYI, "the softer ...


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I agree with this other answer here and that's exactly what we are doing with our own daugther and this is obviously helping As for the original question: How to tell if a 4 year-old child deliberately postpones urinating until the last possible moment From long time of observing our daughter, she has the same behavior as adults who hold their ...


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I don't see why there would be anything wrong with using a disabled toilet, whether you have small children or not. The toilets are there for everyone to use and sometimes you may need to wait to use a toilet because others are using it. A disabled toilet is there to give extra room to a person who may need it, but I don't see why needing that extra room ...


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For our youngest we also used a reward system, as when she was 5 she would do exactly this. She was just in too much of a hurry to go and play with her siblings. So we draw a chart with her; think it ended up being a princess castle with 20 steps - and it went up on the door. Every time she remembered to flush and wash without being reminded, she would get ...


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When we were traveling, my wife used to take my daughter to the disabled toilet if it was unoccupied - it was just so much easier. That is until I saw a disabled girl needing to go while there were using the toilet and I saw just how upset she got. After that, we avoided using it as much as possible and when we did, we were as fast as we could be.


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I did the same with my boy once. We have a Mickey Mouse phone with a demo button and it starts moving and making sounds. I was holding my boy and made a jerking movement, to surprise him or so with a mind set of "oh geez, what is this all the sudden"... What was I thinking, so stupid... I instantly made him afraid. And it didn't go away by just putting the ...


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It is common at this age for kids to be so engaged in their play, they deliberately hold it until something more boring comes along. Then, they forget they need to go until it is too late. (I taught preschool, and had the class of kids that were having accidents or were "in training" (they called me the potty wizard I mostly had 2's and 3's but had an ...



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