Our expert says:
His explanation might be true on one occasion, but surely any child would learn from just one such event, to ignore his friends and go to the toilet when he needs to go. This could be a condition Child Psychiatrists and Child Psychologists call Encopresis, which is when a child passes his stools in the wrong places or times, and it is often a sign that the child is significantly upset about something. It would be best if you could try to arrange for him to see a Child shrink, for assessment.
Other mothers will surely respond to your second question, too. I think a child can start learning self-care tasks as soon as they are able to, and surely long before 7.
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