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At what age will you let your child go into a public restroom alone?


I am a mother of a 12 year old son and I am very nervous about mall safety. I don't allow him to go to the bathroom on his own. When he is in there on his own, I have no idea what is happening.

 

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    Celeste Wilson (celeste inscribed) 4 years ago

    I agree that we should choose our locations carefully. I worry about times when I am on my own with my son and I can't go in with him. Thank you for sharing.

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    Celeste Wilson (celeste inscribed) 4 years ago

    That is exactly what concerns me. I am happy to hear I am not the only Mom concerned about this.

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    Celeste Wilson (celeste inscribed) 4 years ago

    Great advice thank you. He would definitely stick to a time limit because he knows that I will march in there if needed. :0) Thank you for some really good tips.


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    Celeste Wilson (celeste inscribed) 4 years ago

    I completely understand and this is why I wrestle with this. My fear is fighting my logic which is why I posed the question. I have received some great advice.

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    Celeste Wilson (celeste inscribed) 4 years ago

    I agree it scares me because I feel separated from him. I would love to see more of those family room type bathrooms so that I can look in to see that nobody is in there and then stand sentry at the door.

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    Celeste Wilson (celeste inscribed) 4 years ago

    I still take my son into the ladies rest room with me and although I have had a sideways look from one or two ladies, most don't even notice us. Thank you for all the great tips.

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    Celeste Wilson (celeste inscribed) 4 years ago

    It is great that you are listening to his needs and feelings. When you are both ready and it is safe, you will know. Thank you for sharing.

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    Celeste Wilson (celeste inscribed) 4 years ago

    I agree, I guess I am holding on but I can't help it. It is the unknown that eats at me. I think I am going to have a chat with him again, about safety and being aware of his surroundings.