To Pee or Not To Pee... Right THERE!
Picture this: it's the middle of the night and I was asleep. A light went on in the hallway and it took me a moment to get up and investigate. I walk into the light, and there is my 5 year old, with his pants down, urinating on a step-stool in the corner.
I know that he is sleep-walking (or sleep-peeing in this moment). I am stuck in a quandary. I have three choices: Do I pick him up to move him to the bathroom which is literally three feet away from where he is standing? Do I attempt to wake him up so he stops peeing and then get him into the bathroom? Or, do I just let him finish his business and keep the mess confined to one area. No matter what, I have a mess to clean up.
If I move him, he will spray over a larger area of wall and carpet. If I wake him up, he is likely to begin crying uncontrollably and be scared/disoriented which has happened before. If I let him finish, I am fighting against my instinct to stop this child from treating the carpet/stepstool/wall as if it were a urinal. And the choice was.................
I let him finish. I then cleaned him up and put him into dry pajamas and led him back to bed. He never woke up. I started the clean up and then realized I never had him wash his hands. Technically, he didn't "use" the bathroom, so, other than pulling his pants down, his hands weren't actually dirty...right?
I sure hope no one's keeping score on my skills as a mother!!!