Potty Accident: Rushed Potty Training and the Swimming Pool
by David Stegon
David Stegon is a writer, editor, and father of two based in Virginia. He has written for traditional and digital publications for the past 13 years. David holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Temple University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Potty Accident at the Pool
I forget the exact reason, but I stayed home while my wife and daughter went to the pool. I simply remember them coming home much earlier than expected, and my wife had a horrified look on her face. Apparently, after a quick dip in the pool and some playing, my daughter had a potty accident on the deck. The lifeguard noticed and immediately shut the pool down. Since the pool was only to be open that day for another hour, the lifeguard told everyone to go home. My wife was mortified. She quickly grabbed my daughter and most of the stuff she brought to the pool. She was not in a hurry to go back to see if she left anything. As far as potty training accidents go, this was probably the worst one we had — not because it was particularly bad but that it affected other people. One of the biggest challenges of potty training is knowing when your child is ready for the next step. My wife and I thought our daughter could go to the pool for a few hours without a diaper because she had been accident-free for a while.
In hindsight, though, we were only a few months into the potty training process. While she went consistently to the restroom in the controlled environment of our house, she was not ready to be out in public. Although we laugh about the accident now, at the time, my wife was especially embarrassed. It took her a few weeks to go back to the pool. In fact, she asked me to take the kids so she would not have to face the lifeguard who got angry. After I went a few times and had a few normal conversations with the lifeguard (it is a small community pool that usually had one of two lifeguards working), then my wife would come back. There will be a time for all parents when they face a potty accident. I try to remember that no kid is perfect. As parents, we should have had a swim diaper, but we also would rather our daughter have a fun time and have faith in her than just sit out. In our hearts, we felt like she was ready. We learned quickly that she was not.