At What Age Should Our Sons Use The Men's Toilets?

13 March 2015

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Our tongues have been wagging this morning about a certain story involving a sign and a public toilet in an American Mall. The sign politely stated that "Boys over the age of 6 should use Men's restroom." Us PlayPennies ladies have been talking about this at length as it really got us thinking.....

....at what age should our sons use the Men's Toilets?

I am not of the thinking that every man is a potential paedophile but would I let my six year old son use Men's Public Toilets? I do and I don't, I actually have a son aged six and one at nine. Nine times out of ten I make them use the ladies, after all, as a lady myself I have no objections to male CHILDREN using the toilets. Ladies toilets are all cubicles so privacy is not an issue. I would feel uncomfortable to see a teenage boy in one though.

What about those who do find it inappropriate for older boys to be in the ladies toilets? Little boys can be curious about us ladies and I can understand that some might feel uncomfortable.

So what's my issue with letting my boys in the men's? I let them use them by themselves in my local supermarket but not in the local park for instance. We all know that toileting isn't the only thing that goes on in some public toilets, but in fact some very indecent goings on. The thought of my son being in a private place alone with people getting up to that, where I can't see him is unthinkable.

My next issue is cleanliness, some would argue that men's toilets are grubbier than women's. Of course, not all are like this and I have seen my fair share of disgusting women's toilets.

In Australia, some shopping centres have family toilets for either or both parents to take their child to the toilet. Which I really like the idea of. Come on United Kingdom catch up...it would solve everything. Those poor daddies that wish to change babies bums would actually be able to. Why do they always stick the baby changing in the ladies?

 

 

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5 comments

  • Akct
    The trafford centre and the Arndale centre In Manchester both already have family toilets so some places over here have at least adopted a common sense aproach!
  • Nada EDITOR
    The trafford centre and the Arndale centre In Manchester both already have family toilets so some places over here have at least adopted a common sense aproach!
  • Nada EDITOR
    The trafford centre and the Arndale centre In Manchester both already have family toilets so some places over here have at least adopted a common sense aproach!
    Wow that is good! Well hopefully it'll rub off on the rest of the shopping centres in the UK! :D
  • Ummee
    Personally, I can't see why some women would be uncomfortable with young boys using the female toilets. Majority of children accompany their mothers, therefore it makes it easier to keep an eye on your child if you can see them and obviously that would be hard if they went to the mens and you are forbidden to go in their youself lol. I get changing rooms, but toilets! As you stated, everyone does their private business in cubicles and I can't think how private you need to be with washing and drying your hands.
  • deniseinsurrey
    my boy is 9 year old and I make him use the ladies...most of the time..if we are in a restaurant I will let him use the mens toilets.but in shopping centres, parks,leisure centres etc I generally make him use the ladies, even if my husband is with us I sometimes will make him use the ladies just because of the cleanliness issue. why don't they have family toilets here. what about the times my husband takes my 4 year old daughter out, I don't want her going into the mens and she certainly cant managei n the ladies on her own...we tend to find out where there are family toilets or disabled toiletswhere we can go in with them.oh and my son has mild special needs so if anyone were ever to comment...and sometimes I will people to say something because I will bite....I will point out that ok, physically he is nine, mentally he is not and if I want him to come into the toilet with me he will

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