I am the mom of a little boy. So that means when he has to go to the bathroom while we are out in public, he gets hauled into the Ladies Room with me. Now he’s almost six and lately, I’ve become very self conscious about bringing him in there with me. It’s not like he sees anything … or even thinks anything about it himself … I’m just more concerned about what the other women in there may think. Then I read Rachel’s post on TSP and about busted a gut! She NAILED exactly what I had been thinking!
Here’s my dilemma: In a high traffic public place (the mall, airport, sporting event), I do not feel comfortable letting a 5 year old go into the bathroom by himself. Who knows who else is in there??? Probably totally safe, but still! Also, he occasionally still needs help every once in a while. Now, in a smaller setting, like a family restaurant or even a fast food joint – totally fine for me to send him on his way while I hover just outside the door. He actually really enjoys the independence. For all other time – I usually try and scout out the “family” bathrooms and of course, if daddy is with us, problem solved!
I think this dilemma is actually more easily solved for a boy than a girl. When I now think of my 1-½ year old daughter and turn the tables …… what does daddy do when he’s out in public with her by himself??? All I have to say is GROSS! Men’s restrooms totally gross me out – not like I’ve spent any time in one (unless you count college bars when the line for the girls bathroom was WAY too long), but the thought of my little girl even going near one freaks me out. Urinals. That’s all I’m going to say! Please share – if you have a little girl, how do you handle this situation??
So now that we’re on the topic – there are other things I’ve started to wonder “How old is too old?” Like taking a bath with a sibling of the opposite sex? We bathed Ryanne in the kitchen sink until she was almost a year old, and Jake mostly takes showers now. So one of the first time she and Jake took a bath together, she became instantly fascinated with his little bobbing you-know-what and tried to yank it!! Jake thought it was funny, but little did he know that would be the last bath he got to take with her! Done.
How old is too old to…
Shower with mom or dad?
See their parents in the buff?
Call parents by “Mommy” and “Daddy” vs just “Mom” and “Dad”?
Use a sippy cup?
Still ride a bike with training wheels?
Have mom or dad cut up their food?
Have bed rails on their bed?
Wear diapers … even at night?
Play at Monkey Joe’s?
Wear smocked clothes?
Use a pacifier?
Ride in a stroller?
Trick or treat?
Rock a child to sleep?
Now before everyone goes and adds your two cents (because I know you want to!), keep in mind, some of these might might be a little touchy and I know some readers will get very opinionated about them. So please keep your comments nice and respect the views of others. After all, some of us really do have justifiable reasons behind why we do things! This also goes for children who have special needs. There are often times where they may need extra help and should not be judged. Now – let us know what you think – How Old Is Too Old?