My 3yr old has been potty trained for over a year now. She has maybe had 2 accidents and wetted the bed 1st. Tonight after getting her out of the bath she wet pee next to the toilet. Why would she do that.

Hello Dena,

It sounds like your daughter has been doing well with potty training. However, since she is still a toddler, there will be accidents.

Perhaps being in the water taking a bath, she had a strong urge to urinate, and then couldn't hold it when she got out of the bath. There  might be other reasons. However, just regard it as a minor setback and continue the routines you and she have developed over the last year for toileting.

If she should have other accidents, look for stress in her life, but also get back to me and we can determine if there is something different that you should be doing.

In the meantime, enjoy your daughter.


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I've been a clinical psychologist in a juvenile court, worked in school settings, been a child psychotherapist in a private psychiatric clinic and consulted with schools, courts, hospitals and daycare centers.

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I have been a columnist with the Oakland Press (Oakland County, MI) for 21 years writing a weekly column called Coping With Kids, which is also published weekly in the Staten Island Advance. I have been a mental health columnist with the Detroit Free Press and a columnist for Working Mother Magazine. In addition, I have published articles in professional journals. I have published 16 books, among them are "8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child" (IDG Books), "Discipline: A Sourcebook of 50 Failsafe Techniques for Parents" (IDG Books); "Children Who Say No When You Want Them to Say Yes" (IDG Books), "What You Need to Know About Ritalin" (Bantam Books) "6 Steps to an Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers" (John Wiley & Sons), "The Fatherstyle Advantage" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) and "Defusing High Conflict Divorce" (Impact Publishers). My latest parenting book (2012) is "The Everything Child Psychology and Development Book." Articles about my work with parents has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Sun Times, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. My website at includes more information about me, my books and includes many columns I've written.

B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Oakland University

Awards and Honors
Best Educational Program by Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (National award for the development of a parent training program for parents of delinquent teenagers. Beth Clark Service Award from the Michigan Psychological Association.

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