The other day a really unfortunate event happened during my daughter’s swim team practice. A little girl did not make it to the bathroom and peed while standing waiting for her turn to swim. It was not my daughter, but it could have been (although she would tell you that it really could not have been). It made me think how would I support my daughter if it had been her.
At dinner, this event became the main topic of our discussion. I shared my traumatic story of trying to “hold it” while standing in a very long line for the bathroom at a big event. I was about my daughter’s age and I really had to go. The line was about 20 people long and after about 10 minutes, I just could not hold it anymore. It was embarrassing, but luckily it was in Hawaii and far away from my daily life. I did not have to face those people again ever. The little girl on the swim team would have to face the kids again.
The big question was, “what would you do if this had happened to you?” My husband was adamant that he would have to quit the team. I wanted to say I would handle the incident with dignity, but truth be told, when I was a kid I would have ran for the hills. The main point is that embarrassing things happen and it is in how we respond that makes the difference, which is why we decided our kids needed to learn what to do if you really have to pee and you are at the pool. So here are our words of wisdom for what to do to keep an accident from becoming too embarrassing to bear… Continue reading