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View Poll Results: In which places would you allow your kids to pee at a public pool or waterpark?
Only in toilets, urinals 29 100.00%
In the pool. 5 35.71%
While showering in the showers 12 85.71%
In the showers 5 35.71%
In the dressing room 1 7.14%
Sitting in the grass 2 14.29%
Sitting on the deck 1 7.14%
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#1 of 11 Old 01-26-2014, 08:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Last summer we went to several different water parks and never notice the kids run to the restroom. When I asked my daughter she admitted she just did it in the pool. I wasn't sure what to say to her, she acted as if it where normal. Another day I was walking with my sons and the eldest excused himself for a moment as we passed the mens shower room. Naturally, a moment later my little boy announced he needed to pee. I walked him to the door hoping to catch his brother as he was walking toward the restrooms As I stepped into the doorway the shower room was visible and indeed my elder son was right there, back toward us. But, before I could utter a word I noticed he was peeing onto the floor of the showers! I stepped away quickly to gather my thoughts when a lifeguard walked past us into the shower house. I panicked, thinking my son is going to get caught and be in trouble. I tried to listen at the door and eventually stepped back into the doorway to see the lifeguard doing the same as my son. Where would you allow your kids to pee at pools?

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I obviously can't control what goes on in the locker room but DS is on swimteam and knows the 'rules of  the pool'.  

 

You go to the bathroom at the appropriate place and time.  End of discussion.  Anything else can get you kicked off the team.

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Lol--what a great question!  I ripped my dd up and down for peeing on the middle of the floor in the private bath/shower at our local gym.  Cuz that was nasty--we were all in there and I actually had to step over her pee at one point.  We swim a few times a week and my kids often excuse themselves and don't pee in the pool.  With that said, we'd all be fooling ourselves if we didn't believe the vast majority of kids are peeing wherever no one will notice (unless, of course, you are my dd).

 

And as I mentioned the peeing on the floor to my good friend who has 5 young girls and swims at the same gym, she just smirked and said, 'lower the bar"...which we often tell each other when we feel our parenting ideals are too high to meet ;)


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Lol--what a great question. ...... we'd all be fooling ourselves if we didn't believe the vast majority of kids are peeing wherever no one will notice (unless, of course, you are my dd).

 

And as I mentioned the peeing on the floor to my good friend who has 5 young girls and swims at the same gym, she just smirked and said, 'lower the bar"...which we often tell each other when we feel our parenting ideals are too high to meet ;)

Yeah, "lower the bar mom."  Believe me, they aren't the only ones doing it.

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I never peed in pools when I was a kid. I suspect the neighborhood kids pee in pools, and I think it's weird that their parents never told them not to.  

 

I understand sometimes little kids don't know they are peeing or maybe they are asked to hold it for too long and have an accident (poor kids!)...but older kids should know better. 

 

Sadly, I have to think in some cases the parents just look the other way because they don't want to be inconvenienced having to dry off several kids every 10 minutes to go potty. Once the kid does it once, and realizes mom didn't care...guess what? They are going to keep doing it, even when they are older!  

 

I told my kids NOT to pee in our pool or anyone else's and that public pools have that special dye that will bust you if you pee! I remember taking them to the bathroom while at a pool...often.

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Lol--what a great question!  I ripped my dd up and down for peeing on the middle of the floor in the private bath/shower at our local gym.  Cuz that was nasty--we were all in there and I actually had to step over her pee at one point.  We swim a few times a week and my kids often excuse themselves and don't pee in the pool.  With that said, we'd all be fooling ourselves if we didn't believe the vast majority of kids are peeing wherever no one will notice (unless, of course, you are my dd).

 

And as I mentioned the peeing on the floor to my good friend who has 5 young girls and swims at the same gym, she just smirked and said, 'lower the bar"...which we often tell each other when we feel our parenting ideals are too high to meet ;)

I guess maybe my parenting ideals are often too high as well. I was quite shocked when I noticed my eldest son peeing there rather than walking to the toilets, I thought to myself "were did I go wrong with his upbringing that he'd even think of doing this." A minute later when I noticed the lifeguard doing so as well I gave it a second thought and realized this must not be as improper as I thought it was. With my youngest still insisting he needed to pee, I dropped my ideals and told him to just run in and go with his brother!  I later this year I questioned my decision when I realized that at our apartment pool the boys were peeing in the showers instead of walking out to the port-a-potie outside the pool area. After allowing it once the boys seem to be comfortable with it now. Was that a mistake or does it matter?

 

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......Sadly, I have to think in some cases the parents just look the other way because they don't want to be inconvenienced having to dry off several kids every 10 minutes to go potty. Once the kid does it once, and realizes mom didn't care...guess what? They are going to keep doing it, even when they are older!  .................
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Relax mom, I work at a Y pool and I can tell you that it must be quite common for men to urinate in the showers as I've noticed a very strong smell of urine and often obvious spots on the walls or floor after closing. I've never heard of a man "reporting" someone for doing so, yet it's obvious they are. Our little guy often comes with me and swims while I'm working and with me being the lifeguard it's always been an issue when he had to go. I always looked for a guy I knew who could run him to the restroom for me. I was uncomfortable with thought of suggesting to him he could just run inside to the showers, but thought to myself, I wish I could. Finally, DH was with us one day and was taking him in to the mens locker room to pee. I pulled him aside and explained, "this is always a problem for me, talking him all the way out to the family restrooms, is there someplace close he could go?"  My husband replied, "yeah, sure, the showers are right inside."  I continued, "I'm uncomfortable bringing it up with him, could you show him where he can do it?" Ever since then it hasn't been an issue for us. I'm sure most of the other guys pee there and yes it's much easier for me too.

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Someone did this in the showers in my condo. There were big open areas below the floor the water drained through. They stank to high heaven and were impossible to clean. The maintenance people were not very happy.

So I think it very much depends on the design and if it can be easily cleaned properly.

I agree though it is super common at public pools. I just thought I should mention my experience above just in case!
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Relax mom, I work at a Y pool and I can tell you that it must be quite common for men to urinate in the showers as I've noticed a very strong smell of urine and often obvious spots on the walls or floor after closing. I've never heard of a man "reporting" someone for doing so, yet it's obvious they are. Our little guy often comes with me and swims while I'm working and with me being the lifeguard it's always been an issue when he had to go. I always looked for a guy I knew who could run him to the restroom for me. I was uncomfortable with thought of suggesting to him he could just run inside to the showers, but thought to myself, I wish I could. Finally, DH was with us one day and was taking him in to the mens locker room to pee. I pulled him aside and explained, "this is always a problem for me, talking him all the way out to the family restrooms, is there someplace close he could go?" My husband replied, "yeah, sure, the showers are right inside." I continued, "I'm uncomfortable bringing it up with him, could you show him where he can do it?" Ever since then it hasn't been an issue for us. I'm sure most of the other guys pee there and yes it's much easier for me too.
I guess I was just being a naive mom, I never mentioned what my boys were doing to my DH as he's seldom at a pool or waterpark with us. Last night DH joined us down at our apartment pool and after a bit walked into the mens dressing and shower cabana. Curious, I followed him in as no one else was around and found him peeing against the wall! He noticed me and went on with what he was doing, making casual conversation as if this was normal. I commented to him, "you know, there's a portable toilet outside," he gave me this condescending look and replied, "that's nice honey, but this works just fine." I warned him that he was setting a bad example for the boys, to which he commented, "look around honey, no guy has used the porta-potty." I looked about the small room and he was right, obviously a dozen had used the floor or walls as a urinal, so I came to the conclusion I was just being a naive mom.
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When I was 12, I refused to get into the pool at my grandparents' retirement community because of an inane rule that they had: Everyone 16 and under had to get out of the pool every 15 minutes to use the bathroom.

I marked the bathroom-only pool option but, um, I think teens probably have better bladder control than the elderly.

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This thread comes up over and over again. I don't know why.

THE TOILET is the place to urinate. Unless camping, and then a "latrine pit" is the proper place: a small pit dug, filled with excrement, and then buried.

This issue is so basic and so essential that I can't understand why we are still confused about this?

It seems to be mostly about men? And how they can't urinate as civilized people?

WOMEN WAKE UP. Shooting, splashing, random, public urine is a serious health concern. It kills plants, causes infections, damages paint and plaster, creates pollution on streets and in parks. WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS.

WOMEN, why are you accepting that "HONEY, MEN JUST SHOOT PEE WHEREVER THEY PLEASE."

WE LIVE HERE TOO.
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