First of all, calm down; this is a common issue now with over 1 in 10 people suffering from it. Besides, there are numerous ways that can help you reduce the number of accidents you experience. So, you don’t have to rely on incontinence products (which aren’t limited to diapers) forever. However, you can’t keep this information to yourself. Regardless of how embarrassed you feel, you need to have your parents involved.
“Why Should I Talk to My Parents?” Talking to your parents is important because you need moral support during this tough time. In addition, you will need someone to help make your trips to the doctor less stressful. If you think you can take these on yourself, here’s one thing you may not be able to do on your own: talk to your teachers to take it easy on you and not forbid you from going to the bathroom on time.
“How Should I Pull This Off?” If you’re sold to the idea of telling your parents that you have an issue that needs their attention, here is how you can tell them about your incontinence:
· Choose the Right Time – You need a quiet time to drop this bomb on your parents. After all, you are their baby regardless of whether you’re 13 or 30. Therefore, avoid talking to them right after work or while you’re sharing a meal. Instead, ask them when would be the best time for you guys to talk.
· Be Serious and Concerned – As a young adult, you may take pride in acting aloof at times. However, this is not one of those times. For your parents to take you seriously, you need to let your concern appear on the surface. In addition, you should avoid jokes or else they’ll believe it’s a one-time issue or, worse, that you’re lying.
· Be Truthful – Always tell the truth to your parents. After all, they are going to be talking with your physician most of the time and trying to find a solution for your issue. If you lie to them, they are bound to give your doctor the wrong information and put you through numerous trials which may delay your healing process.
· Expect Anger – Anger can be the first emotion your parents experience when they hear about your issue. However, you need to understand that this anger isn’t at you; it’s for you. As their beloved child, they have tried their best to ensure that you stay safe from everything, but they may feel as if they failed if they don’t have any information on this issue. So, don’t get angry; instead be supportive. You can also help by sharing what you have read about this condition so that they can be a little at ease.
· Show Your Parents that You Need Them – Just sharing the news with your parents may not be enough; you need to be subtle and say that you need their support and help to manage this issue.
Even if you feel that your parents don’t care or if they’re too hassled as is to bear with your bad news, you need to keep them in the loop. So, if you haven’t told your parents already, do so right away so that you can get the medical attention and moral support you need.