Eugenie - posted on 01/24/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )
My 8 year old son has been complaining a lot that the teachers do not give him permission to drink water or use the bathroom when he needs to go. I usually tell him that the teacher probably did not hear him and that he needs to speak up. However, we were at one of his friend's birthday party the other day, and decided to bring up the topic. I was surprised to learn that most of the kids were having the same problem at school. To me, this is a huge issue!
The children are told to use the bathroom during their lunch hour; but everyone is different, and as such, it is very unlikely that a whole classroom of students will want to use the bathroom at the same time. Children should not be denied the right to use the restroom when they need to. As individuals, we all know when we have a need to relieve ourselves, and that is something only the person having the need can know. Not allowing the kids to use the lavatory when they need to, can have lasting, damaging effect on their health.
I am really feeling very badly about this because I know how it feels when I have to go, and I cannot imagine any child having to hold himself. This is definitely adding too much stress to children and causing anxiety at too much of an early age!
Is your child having the same problem? If yes, what have you done or will you do about it? Also, if you are a teacher of young children, please help me understand the goal here.