So here's a question I ask potty-training parents when we work one-on-one…
“How expensive is your rug, exactly?”
The number of people who are so concerned with their material things leads me to believe that there are a lot of people with far fancier rugs than I.
New potty learners will absolutely get pee on the floor. I don't even like to call these “accidents” in early days because an accident implies they know differently. In early days, your child is releasing her/his pee as they always have! They care not about the cost of your special order hardwood floors, your Persian rugs!
So let's have a mindshift together.
First, try to experience potty learning as a milestone similar to learning to walk. Of course your child stumbled and tumbled. We view this as progress! Let's do the same for when s/he dribbles a spot of pee on the floor. Wipe it up with some paper towel, and move on.
Second, take some deep breaths and approach potty training in a positive, or at least neutral frame of mind. Children, like all humans, can absolutely pick up on dread...so do some deep yoga breaths, have a cup of tea (or glass of wine!) and relax before you head into this incredible learning opportunity.
Last...ROLL UP THE DAMN RUG! If you truly have precious items, put them away temporarily or spend more time with your child in the kitchen, where hopefully the floors can take a dribble or two.
As always, if you need help, please email me. We can do this.