In my 22 years of parenting I have personally taken my boys into the Men’s room. More than once.
It was always in desperation. They needed to “go” right then.
I am sure they would have been glad to pee in the hallway, but I had to draw the line somewhere.
Usually I was forced off the normal path of righteousness because the line in the ladies room was wrapped around the corner.
(Seriously. Why don’t they make women’s bathrooms with 1,000 stalls? or at least 10)
Ok. Full confession.
I have even used the men’s bathroom once or twice when I had to “go” desperately too.
I will say that I have always chosen those one stall “I can lock the door” kind of bathrooms.
While I understand all the emotion and fear behind all the current media drama about “who should be allowed to used which bathroom”, I felt the need to come clean. Confession is good for the soul.
I am a married woman.
I do not think I am a creeper. Do you?
I have five boys. That means I have been pregnant five times, some of those times with toddlers in tow. The vacant bathroom wins.
Sometimes the line for the ladies room is simply too long.
I have a weak bladder. Sometimes this clouds my ability to reason.
As for all the bathroom drama:
- Be safe. Keep your kids safe.
- Make wise choices.
- Choose single stall/locking bathrooms whenever possible.
- Teach your children what to do when they feel uncomfortable in a public or not so public place. Kids need to know what to do. They are more likely to have a compromising situation at a friends house, so equip them with an escape plan.
Err on the side of grace. The person in the restroom just may be a child who couldn’t hold it anymore and his mom who used that as an excuse to bypass the line in the ladies room.
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:35