If you haven’t sat in a wet spot yet on a visit, the chances are very likely that you will someday. It just comes with the territory of working with infants and toddlers in natural environments. With infants with reflux, potty-training toddlers and little ones roaming the house with sippy cups, family pets, and other mini-disasters waiting to happen, managing the environment can be tricky, for you and for the parent. Accidents happen in any home so how do you handle it gracefully when you stumble upon or sit in one of them? I hope you don’t find this post too crude, but it is a reality in home visitation that bears thinking about.
So what do you do?
Do you ignore the wet spot and plan to change clothes after the visit?
Do you tell the family and ask for a towel?
Do you plan ahead and wear clothing that can get messy to avoid the stress and discomfort that goes with this situation?
Or better yet, do you get up off the floor and join the family in a routine somewhere else?
How you handle situations like this can have a significant impact on your perceptions about your working environment, your thoughts about the family and your relationship with them. Probably the first things to do are avoid judgement, approach the situation objectively, and be kind about what happened. Most families would be embarrassed to know that this happened the first time, much less again. Be kind, don’t make a big fuss about it, and move on. Accidents happen!
How have you handled this situation?