Dad taking daughter in public restroom

Cindy - posted on 12/03/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Do you think it's okay for a father to take his daughter into the mens bathroom?

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Nikki - posted on 12/04/2011

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My dad used to take me to the ladies restroom, he used to announce from the door that he was entering to be polite. I suppose because the men's room has urinals not stalls so the ladies is more private. I try my darnedest not to use public restrooms if I can help it!

Johnny - posted on 12/03/2011

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My dad took me in with him until I was about 5. I'm okay, lol. If necessary, I see no problem with it at all. I have had to help desperate fathers rescue their shrieking toddlers from the ladies room a couple times now, and after I try to polite suggest that it won't be as traumatic for the kid to just be taken into the men's room. They both told me that their wives had told them not to. I just rolled my eyes. It's not going to hurt them to see some guy at a urinal. Perhaps they haven't been in a men's room themselves, but it isn't like guys are swinging around their wangers for all to see.

Medic - posted on 12/03/2011

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Ok, Ya'll are going to laugh, I just called my dad and asked what he did with me when I was little.....after he about died laughing he said take you to the mens with me duh, what else would I have done. So I can say that it will in no way traumatize the girl because I can't even remember.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/04/2011

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The ONLY reason I would say no, is for the god awful stench of urine that is almost blinding that emanates from most mens bathrooms. Aside from the smell, it is fine.

Stifler's - posted on 12/04/2011

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Yeah until they're old enough to go alone. Not that my husband takes our kids out alone, ever.

Kimberly - posted on 12/04/2011

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I think use a family bathroom if there is one if not use the mens depending on how old, I used to get me eyes covered when I had to go in and most guys understand.

Kelina - posted on 12/03/2011

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Why not? I take my son into the bathroom, it's not like she's going to be using the urinals with a bunch of guys staring at her. If she's old enough that it makes her uncomfortable, and she doesn't want to use the womens by herself, most places have a separate family/handicap wahsroom.

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Yes. If he's alone w/ her and she needs to use the bathroom, but isn't old enough to go on her own... or HE needs to use the bathroom (probably less likely to happen, but certainly not impossible) and she isn't old enough to be left out in public alone.... what else would he do w/ her?

Medic - posted on 12/03/2011

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I think age is a big thing, I can't stand going to the restroom and there being boys in there that are perfectly capeable of going to the mens by them selves. My son is 5 and depending on where we are he sometimes goes by himself. My dad told me I was about 5-6 when I started going by myself.

Erin - posted on 12/03/2011

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I feel that since it's okay for boys to go into the women's restroom with their mothers then the same should be okay for the reverse. I even think it's okay even as far as 7 or 8 (maybe 9 if the girl is a "late bloomer"). I have two boys and I would much rather take them in with me or to a family restroom than let them go into a men's room all by themselves until they're close to puberty. But then again, I'll admit to being a "worrier" and slow to let go in some areas that I worry about safety.

Amy - posted on 12/03/2011

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I'm not really sure what else a dad would do, I still take my 5 year old son in with me, I'm not going to linger outside a men's room wondering if he's ok, so I don't expect my husband to be sending my daughter in alone although we have some time till we deal with it.

Tinker1987 - posted on 12/03/2011

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depends on the age some of those restroom bathrooms have High/awkward toilets so sending a 2-3 year old in there on her own might not be the brightest idea,i would suggest using the family room,

Medic - posted on 12/03/2011

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If he is the only one with the child then I don't see why it matters. Most places here have family restrooms so that kind of solves that problem.

Jenni - posted on 12/03/2011

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How old is she?



Once my SD was 3.5 years old my husband would send her into the woman's washroom and linger outside the door.

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