Join Date: Feb 2002
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No, my daughter is eight and I am well past needing her in with me while I am using the toilet. Nor does she need her mother with her every time she pees in public. No more all-in-the-big-stall unless it is crowded, dirty or whatever and this is most efficient time-wise. We meet at the sink unless Dad is outside the restroom. If the restroom is down a hallway with stockrooms or whatever also entering on the hall, I wait outside or in the restroom.
While traveling up and down the country this summer, I kept a slightly closer eye on her. Perhaps she would wait just outside my stall or at the sink directly opposite, and I would wait for her. Gas station restrooms, we'd often use together. At Florida's Turnpike rest stations, where both north and south roads use the rest stop, I would be extra vigilant.
How many of those in this discussion have ever directly experienced something unpleasant or sexually inappropriate in the public restroom involving kids, either you as one or your own? Not heard someone, or your brother or his friend, but directly experienced? This question is not put forth confrontationally but in curiosity. There has never been an actual documented case of razors in Halloween apples, for instance, but everyone knows someone who got one. While no one wants their own child to be among the very small percentage of those abducted and murdered, we also need to be aware of the potential damage of unnecessary and overprotective vigilance.