Mammas, Don't Let Your Kids Pee in Public
My friend was at Ikea the other day and there was a couple ten feet from the entrance pulling their four year-old daughter's shorts down and encouraging her to pee right there in the parking lot. (Honestly we're not sure it was just pee, but we're telling ourselves that because it's the less disturbing choice.) My friend advised the parents that, “there is a restroom located right inside the entrance."
My mother-in-law works in a department store and was appalled to find a pile of human excrement in a dressing room.
In a post on Babble.com, Paula Bernstein recounts how she and her children were at the park, "having a lovely time — until a little girl squatted next to me and urinated beside the water fountain."
Seems the latest parenting trend is teaching children to relieve themselves whenever and where ever they feel the urge.
I'm sorry. Am I misinterpreting the term, "potty training?" I thought it meant "training" your child to use the "potty." If they have to go immediately and can't hold it until you find a bathroom, that's called "buy some diapers."
"Daddy/Mommy, I have to pee," should not be followed by a parent whipping his child's pants down and letting him go on the sidewalk/street/grass/parking lot. The appropriate response is, "OK, let's go find a bathroom."
What is the thought process here? Is it a race to proclaim that your kid is out of diapers? Because just saying it doesn't make it so. I can say, "I believe I can fly," but when I jump out the window I'm still going to hit the concrete.
Is it that public bathrooms are gross? Well, yeah. It's where people urinate and defecate. If you urinate in the dining room, then the dining room's gross. You see how this works?
Is it because it's just your kid so it's no big deal? What if we all did this? Or is it just you that's entitled?
Look, I've been there. I've spent hours packing a picnic lunch, getting everyone sunscreened and setting up at the park only to have to pack it all back up and find a bathroom. It's a pain. But there's a reason we don't have cholera outbreaks here in the U.S. It's a group mindset that we all use the toilet. 40% of the world does not have access to good sanitation. We're part of the lucky 60%. Let's embrace it.