It begins with a fidget. The boy starts to shift his weight back and forth, back and forth. The fidget progresses to a hop and the boy starts to hold himself and crouch down. By now you are scanning the environment, vainly searching for a nearby public restroom. Your home is about a 10 minute quick walk away; but with the boy in tow make that 20 minutes. You assess the rate of hopping…he won’t make it.
To left is a nice boutique shop…with no public restroom. The train station is two blocks in the other direction…there is a chance; but, you look at his face and know that time is almost up. Nearby are a couple of bushes put up on this public square to provide additional greenery. There are not too many people around, an elderly couple on the bench by the statue, a few kids playing on the cobblestone well, and the normal flow of Saturday morning shoppers going about the plaza.
What do you do?
As I am now fully into the potty-training process for my eldest son, the question of peeing in public is one I need to find an answer to. In Asia, grown men would squat down and take a leak on the side of the road, no problems. But here in Europe, I feel things might be a bit more…refined. Since arriving, I have only seen two cases of children peeing in public. Once on a train platform and another in the public square of a town.
So, my question to you (and please do reply) is it okay to let your children pee in public? If it is appropriate, under what circumstances and are there any circumstances that it should never happen?
Thank you for your support and responses.