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Old 11-30-2013, 01:28 PM   #16
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I can tell you what they do at school. Some of them are fine, some not so much. There's a physiological issue with wiping; your arms need to be long enough to "reach." Judging by the skid marks on the seats of the toilets in the K-2 wing at school, my guess is parents are over-estimating the independence and ability of some children!
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:14 PM   #17
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I can tell you what they do at school. Some of them are fine, some not so much. There's a physiological issue with wiping; your arms need to be long enough to "reach." Judging by the skid marks on the seats of the toilets in the K-2 wing at school, my guess is parents are over-estimating the independence and ability of some children!
Haha! This post made me laugh. I also work in a school and I completely agree. I think most kids between 4-8can wipe just fine most of the time. But, there are times when things could be a little messy back there and some assistance is needed.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:18 PM   #18
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Haha! This post made me laugh. I also work in a school and I completely agree. I think most kids between 4-8can wipe just fine most of the time. But, there are times when things could be a little messy back there and some assistance is needed.
After a few skid marks I told my 4 year old she needs to wipe better. Her solution? She tries to get me or my husband to wipe when she poops now.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:29 PM   #19
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My twins are 6.

DS does fine. Sometimes, like a PP said, if he had tummy issues he'll ask for help.

DD still tries to get me to do it, but I won't. She does it herself. It helps of we have wipes.
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My youngest is 7 and I can't remember the last time I wiped his butt. He's always been independent and wants to do everything on his own.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:56 PM   #21
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I can tell you what they do at school. Some of them are fine, some not so much. There's a physiological issue with wiping; your arms need to be long enough to "reach." Judging by the skid marks on the seats of the toilets in the K-2 wing at school, my guess is parents are over-estimating the independence and ability of some children!
I would say it is not the length of their arms but they are wiping in the front and not the back. My kids do this all the time and I tell them especially my dd not to do that but they don't listen. That is how it gets on the seat is my guess.

Mine I'm sure were before they went to school if not before so 3 maybe.

Teaching a child to wipe with a baby wipe isn't a good idea since more often then not they will have to use toilet paper at school and work. Can't flush baby wipes either. Mind you Cottonelle has wet wipes out now but can't imagine putting something wet and cold back there to wipe.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:16 PM   #22
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Haha! This post made me laugh. I also work in a school and I completely agree. I think most kids between 4-8can wipe just fine most of the time. But, there are times when things could be a little messy back there and some assistance is needed.
I agree with that, although I can honestly say I don't ever remember physically assisting any of my kids when they were past the age 5 in messy situations. They were taught how to clean themselves, and the toilet seat if necessary. Like a pp, we always have wipes on hand, and clorox wipes for the toilet seat

The OP describes the child yelling "I'm done", not "I need help" so to me that sounds like its a regular thing that the parents do for that child.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:26 PM   #23
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My DD is 4, and she takes care of it herself, unless we are out in a public restroom. Then she has to use regular TP instead of a baby wipe, and sometimes needs my help. Also, she is scared of self flushing toilets, and refuses to do it herself on one.
If your DD is using baby wipes! I hope she is putting themin the trash can. They are one of the biggest causes of clogged plumbing systems.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:32 PM   #24
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If your DD is using baby wipes! I hope she is putting themin the trash can. They are one of the biggest causes of clogged plumbing systems.
They do make flushable ones. We use them here at home. A delight!
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I helped DD until she was probably close to four. I stopped shortly after she turned three, then realized she was wiping incorrectly for her girly bits so I started helping again. My son is almost 3 1/3 and has been potty trained for only about three months so I do still help him. I cannot imagine helping an able-bodied child past four or five.

But, my friend's oldest will be 11 next week, her others are 8 and 5 and she recently told me she still wipes all of them....

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I would say you should stop by the time they leave for college or boot camp.

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I helped DD until she was probably close to four. I stopped shortly after she turned three, then realized she was wiping incorrectly for her girly bits so I started helping again. My son is almost 3 1/3 and has been potty trained for only about three months so I do still help him. I cannot imagine helping an able-bodied child past four or five.

But, my friend's oldest will be 11 next week, her others are 8 and 5 and she recently told me she still wipes all of them....

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Yikes. I'm not sure what that mom thinks she is protecting her children from by wiping their behinds but I'm pretty sure shes causing some serious psychological damage to them.

ETA I know a mom who still bathed her ds when he was 10/11 and she told me not too long ago that sometimes she still brushes his teeth. He's 13 now
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:53 PM   #28
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My boys were 4. I first taught them to wipe while still sitting when they were about 3.5 and then standing at 4.
It was a requirement for stheir school that they were completely toilet trained before starting kindergarden
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:54 PM   #29
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All of mine were wiping their own butts by the age of four. Only one of mine went to pre-K the other two went directly into K. But by the time they all started school they were taking care of their own bathroom issues.

My kids would have been mortified if at the age of 7 I tried to come in the bathroom and wipe their butt.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:55 PM   #30
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It's not very common, but I think completely 'normal' for a 7yo to either be lazy, or not have enough confidence to do the job. I wouldn't think twice about it.
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