YMCA family locker room

Bethany - posted on 06/15/2015 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Is there a set age or rules for when it's ok to use the family locker rooms instead of the adult ones when I have my girls and nephew?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/15/2015

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Well...that's a good question.
At our rec center, our family changing area has separate changing rooms and a common area with lockers in it, but no changing allowed. If your Y is set up in a similar manner, then I'd say it's fine. Send your nephew into one room while the girls are in another. You can either supervise both rooms from outside, or quickly change with the girls.
You may want to ask your oldest if she's comfortable changing in front of her cousin, or if she'd rather use the adult's changing room. She may appreciate that trust and little dose of 'freedom'.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/15/2015

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Honestly, I'm not sure! My boys started using the mens changing/locker room when they were in about middle school.
To be safe, I'd check at your local YMCA

ETA: Just asked my husband, his recommendation is that when the nephew is around 13 would be an appropriate age for him to use the mens changing rooms.

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Bethany - posted on 06/15/2015

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That's kinda what I figure our should be. However it happens. And mostly is the teens doing it quickly.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/15/2015

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No changing was allowed in the open areas. Changing had to be done in the rooms.

Bethany - posted on 06/15/2015

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Was it allowed for people to change in the open area next to locker room? That is where my oldest has been going after her shower. She does keep her bottoms on usually.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/15/2015

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Ok. I can totally understand not being comfortable with the communal shower at her age. So...a couple of options there. She can shower in her suit, which is a good idea anyway, because it gets the chlorine out of the suit, or...if she's not comfortable changing in front of your nephew, she can have a separate suite to change into, while you and the younger ones change in the one next door.
When I would take my son and my friend's children for their swimming lessons, I'd have the two boys in one changing room, and the girls and I would change in the one next door. My rule was that no one exits to the pool until we were all present outside of the changing rooms but still in the family locker room.
It really is a grey area! And, each family is different in how they handle things. The main thing I'd be concerned about at this point is your 15 YO's comfort zone.

Bethany - posted on 06/15/2015

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My oldest usually does use the adult one, however its a communal type shower and she doesn't always care for that. The family room is coed in the locker room part and their is no rules about nudity, but typically its frowned apon. They have suites off the main locker room and family can use that and can pull curtain for privacy from other families. Buts it's a large open area. Once curtain is pulled

Bethany - posted on 06/15/2015

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So do you think its ok to use the family one with nephew and my girls? He's 11 and girls are 10/12 and 15

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