When you need to use the restroom, do your SCHOOL AGED children have to be in there with you? Why/why not?
It really depends on where we are. In a store or restaurant, ds2 (9) stays right outside the door. If it's something like where we were yesterday (Boat, Sport and Travel show), I have him come in, but stay by the sinks; that sort of event is just more chaotic and has most distractions. Dd (7) always comes in w/ me simply b/c I usually want her to try since I'm already in there. If she doesn't have to go, she waits by the sinks.
Since ds1 is almost 14, he's stayed outside for a few yrs. I usually have ds2 and dd stay w/ him since it's rare that I'm out w/ just the younger 2.
Most of the places where and when this would be an issue...yes, my boys (7&5) would go with me into the restroom, but not into the stall with me--I would have then stand where I could see their feet (if they didn't need to go themselves in their own stall). I'm not paranoid about kidnapping/molestation, but I just like to keep them with me because I worry about them being naughty! If it's a restroom without stalls then I would most likelyl still take both of them in with me---we only have one bathroom at home so it's not like I haven't had to pee in front of them before like during their baths...
No, I have my boys (12 and 7) wait right outside of the bathroom. My daughter (9) often comes with me because she'll usually go. My boys go into the mens' room together, too, and I make sure they stick together. It was more complicated when they were younger and I had to drag everyone in with me- glad those days are past!
No, my boys (10 and 7) wait outside for me. Sometimes if my dd is along they'll wait with her, she's 19.
My youngest is DD who is 9yo. The boys are 12 and 15.
I can't recall the last time I had one of the boys go into the ladies room to wait... OMG ... Probably around age 8?and that would have had to be at something like the County Fair where it's REALLY CRAZY out.
DD comes into the bathroom with me even if she doen't haveto go, but I don't make her come into the stall. Sometimes she stays outside withthe boys.
I NEVER let them barge into the bathroom or pound on the bathroom door as babies or toddlers. I had baby gates, or put them in a playpen or whatever for the 2-3 min it took to do my business. I could put on a catroon and say, "Mommy will be right back" and they wouldn't move.
Jinx - Homeschooling, Scouting & Karate butt-kicking Mom to Star Scout Ian 1/98, Scout Sean 9/00, Junior GS Heidi 4/03. Wife to Joe & Alpha to German Shepherd Spazz.
Well, I normally have my oldest wait outside the stall and talk to me so I can hear her.
At home no.....Out and about, I close the stall doir nd make her stand in front of it, so I can still see her feet...I make her talk to me the entire time
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