Do You Need Help?

27 Jan

Children, as a rule, are not good at doing things on their own.

While working at the daycare, I spent a lot of time around kids just beginning to do things on their own. Things like use the bathroom.

A standard conversation with a three-year-old would go something like this:

Me: Do you need to go potty?

Kid: Yes.

Me: Do you want to use the big kid potty?

Kid: Yes.

Me: Do you need help?

Kid: Yes.

Help usually involved helping them remove their pants, access toilet paper, flush the toilet, wipe, and put their pants back on. It’s a rather involved process, and one that almost every toddler requires.

A few summers ago, after a particularly long week of hanging out with small children, I was at a friend’s house getting ready to go somewhere. I had my coat on and was waiting to head out when she told me she needed to use the bathroom.

Immediately, I inquired, “Do you need help?”

Thank goodness she also worked with small children, because there is no other good way to explain that.

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4 Responses to “Do You Need Help?”

  1. Alison January 28, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    I love this!

    • laurenkcampbell January 28, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      I thought you might.

      • Alison January 29, 2012 at 12:05 am #

        It would have been even better if afterwards you asked them if they had washed their hands, wiped, and remembered to flush.

  2. Anonymous January 28, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    i love this.

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Do You Need Help?

27 Jan

Children, as a rule, are not good at doing things on their own.

While working at the daycare, I spent a lot of time around kids just beginning to do things on their own. Things like use the bathroom.

A standard conversation with a three-year-old would go something like this:

Me: Do you need to go potty?

Kid: Yes.

Me: Do you want to use the big kid potty?

Kid: Yes.

Me: Do you need help?

Kid: Yes.

Help usually involved helping them remove their pants, access toilet paper, flush the toilet, wipe, and put their pants back on. It’s a rather involved process, and one that almost every toddler requires.

A few summers ago, after a particularly long week of hanging out with small children, I was at a friend’s house getting ready to go somewhere. I had my coat on and was waiting to head out when she told me she needed to use the bathroom.

Immediately, I inquired, “Do you need help?”

Thank goodness she also worked with small children, because there is no other good way to explain that.

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