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?