4 1/2 yr. old daughter has been regressing in development
About 16 months ago my family moved 2,500 miles away from all of our friends and family in order for my husband to attend graduate school. Before we moved, my daughter (who was 3 at the time) was already fully potty trained during the day and working on nighttime training. When we first arrived here, I enrolled both of my children in preschool (my son was 4 1/2 and my daughter 3). After 2 weeks into school, my daughter began having trouble making it to the bathroom and also seemed to be having trouble with her 3 preschool teachers (she would cry anytime they would approach her). I decided to pull her out of school and keep her at home with me. Since then she has made no progress in potty training. She makes it to the bathroom every time she has a BM, but almost never when she has to urinate. It is almost as though she doesn't care. I have tried rewards systems, which work for a little while and then she loses interest. I have tried putting the timer on for every 30 min. and reminding her to get to the potty, but she'll still wet her pants. She isn't always emptying her entire bladder, but she piddles in her pants literally EVERY time! She would sit in her soiled panties all day if we allowed her to.
Life in our house has been very stressful with my husband in grad school full time and me as a SAHM with no outside help. I understand this is probably the biggest reason for my daughter's regression. I am just wondering what I can do. We only have another 8 1/2 months before we move back home; but I'd like to nip this in the bud right now...enough is enough!
Talking about 'nipping it in the bud' and 'enough is enough' indicates that you are regarding the behavior as misbehavior. It's important that you display some empathy for your daughter and the way in which her world has been turned upside down. It's no wonder she is showing some regression. It's to be expected under the circumstances. In other words, she's having a normal reaction to an upsetting event. Herreaction is not abnormal at all. She'll be fine. Please approach this with patience and understanding, and put the emphasis on rewarding her accomplishments.
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