I need help!

Christa - posted on 06/04/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am at my wits end right now. My husband and I are both in Marines. He deployed almost 2 months ago and since then, literally EVERYDAY my 16 month old and 2 1/2 year old have been pooping/peeing in their rooms. I have gotten a rug doctor 3 times. i have put them in big girl panties, pull ups, nothing works. They continue to take off their diaper/pull ups/panties and poop and pee. Not just in one spot. They play with their poop, use it as finger paint on the walls, each other, go down their slide leaving "skid marks", they put it on their bed, the doors, ALL over the carpet. I have no idea what to do. Where my husband is at/his hours, he can only call every other day (up from every 4 days) we tried skyping this morning but his connection wouldn't hold the video feed, so they can't really talk to him much. I know that is probably why they are doing it but does anyone have any ideas on how to help?

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Christa - posted on 06/07/2011

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@Klara, thank you so much for the overall idea. i never thought of that. I will try that

Christy - posted on 06/07/2011

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I'm so sorry, but you need some duct tape for the diaper. Put the diaper on them and duct tape them down so they can't pull it off.May God Bless and keep you.

Klara - posted on 06/04/2011

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I am so sorry things are so stressful for you. My husband goes away for short periods, but I cannot imagine having two young children all by yourself. I'm sorry you are so alone. You need to find a play group, support group, or something so you have some support and your kids can play with other kids. As far as the behavior of pooping and peeing in their room(s), I would find a behavior system that work. Maybe a star chart, short time outs for the behavior after a sharp "no!" The kids are old enough to understand your not happy about it, but they need positive reinforcement that makes behaving more fun than drawing with the poop. A possible way to keep a diaper or pull ups on them would be to put overhauls on them backwards so they cannot undo them. If you can find them w/o snaps in the crotch. At least temporarily until the behavior stops. Very possible the behavior is due to their dad being gone. Over time they will adjust, but I'm sorry its so stressful now. You need to find a support system if you don't have one. If you are near family and/or friends, maybe they could watch the kids for awhile and give you a break? Sounds like you need/deserve one.

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