Ask the Child Psychologist

Should I Punish My Child for Potty Accidents?

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QUESTION

Dear Dr. Laura,
My daughter is about to turn three. She has been potty trained for several months, but lately she has started going through phases of having "accidents" fairly regularly. She will pee or poop wherever she feels like it a few times a day. We are very frustrated by this, because we know she knows how to recognize her need and use the potty.

Sibling Rivalry: Toddler and Preschooler

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QUESTION

My son will be 4 years old in July. Over the last few weeks he has really become difficult to handle.

He fights me on almost all issues from what he is going to eat to what he wants to wear for the day. Usually I give him choices on things so that he doesn't feel powerless but it doesn't seem to matter. He seems to want to argue with everything I say these days.

Roles of Fatherhood

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QUESTION

Dear Dr. Laura,

My husband and I have a 2 month old son together, a first child for either of us. The first 2 weeks home were great, and then my husband seemed to go back to his old life. For about a month now, hes been telling me that dads don't need to bond with the baby until 18 months of age and until then, raising the baby is my job. I have no issue being the sole caretaker for the baby, but I think its unfair to our son. I think a father-son bond is very important, especially since I grew up in a single-parent household.

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