Relax and Reflect
Aileen McCabe-Maucher, a registered nurse and an adjunct faculty member at Delaware Technical and Community College, says bonding at bedtime is a great activity. She shares this tip with families she counsels to make bedtime a positive time for children who wet the bed: Create a special bedtime book and enlist their child's help in its creation. The bedtime book can include pictures of your child from birth through the present day. The book should include positive, affirming statements about your child and your family, but the focus of the book should be on your love for your child and your child's strengths and talents. Photos of friends, favorite foods and pets are also great additions.
"This is a great way to spend quality family time and nurture the creative spirit in your child," says McCabe-Maucher. "In my own daughter's bedtime book, I included ultrasound pictures of her and pictures taken during my pregnancy. Underneath the pictures I wrote, â€˜Mommy and Daddy loved you before you were even born and will always love you forever, no matter what happens.'"
McCabe-Maucher also encourages families of adopted children to include pictures taken during the adoption process, including photos of the social worker who conducted their home study and any other important papers or people involved in the process.