to think you don't "teach" a child to wee in a grid?

(42 Posts)
buzzwoodybuzzwoody Sun 21-Apr-13 16:05:55

A friend's DS (3) frightened the living daylights out of everyone yesterday by suddenly stepping from the pavement causing a lorry to screech on the brakes and calmly proceeded to get his penis out and urinate in a grid - the child's mum said "oh yes we've been teaching him to wee in grids."

hmm

People don't do that do they? Usually?

SirChenjin Sun 21-Apr-13 16:09:39

Nope, not normal to teach kids to wee in grids - although there are worse places that children caught short can wee (obv not on busy roads with lorries thundering towards you though)

TiggyD Sun 21-Apr-13 16:28:33

Is it just when he needs a wee or every time he sees a grid?

LimitedEditionLady Sun 21-Apr-13 17:09:37

Erm....what?
I dont know of any children who do that.
Love to know why he needs to learn this?

RedRidingChops Sun 21-Apr-13 17:19:25

What's a grid?

Why do he need to learn to wee anywhere else but a potty, toilet and bush (you know, when necessary, a bush is an okay alternative I guess).

MajaBiene Sun 21-Apr-13 17:23:02

Is a grid a drain?

slatternlymother Sun 21-Apr-13 17:23:58

shock Tbh she should be teaching him to say 'I need the toilet' so they can find an appropriate place!

Look, we've all been caught short when potty training, but teaching them to wee in the gutter as standard is just horrible and skanky.

What's he going to do at school next year? confused

Kids wee in corners don't they?! I'd never encourage a little on to pee on a drain that's dangerous and just a biy.. weird hmm

ShadowStorm Sun 21-Apr-13 17:29:57

I've seen toddlers weeing into drains in towns before - presumably when caught short and the parent doesn't have time to get them to a toliet - but not ones on roads!

Actually teaching them that drains / grids are an acceptable and normal place to wee sounds very very odd.

Whathaveiforgottentoday Sun 21-Apr-13 17:31:11

We did this once on holiday in desperation but certainly not on to intentionally teach them. However I have found that you need to teach little girls how to wee behind trees when on long walks in the country. The first go was a disaster.

mybelovedmonster Sun 21-Apr-13 17:33:53

He stepped into the path of a lorry? shock
Wtf is wrong with his parents?

fuzzpig Sun 21-Apr-13 17:34:34

Don't suppose it's that bad in an emergency - certainly better than just on the pavement where it just pools there, ugh - but actually off a pavement on a busy road, is she insane?! What if the driver hadn't seen him?

edwardsmum11 Sun 21-Apr-13 17:49:14

Sounds like a nutcase tbh.

ComposHat Mon 22-Apr-13 03:27:31

I remember being taught to wee outdoors at a similar age, but the subtly and discretion thing passed me by.

Walking across London Bridge - pants down and straight over the edge.

Enfyshedd Mon 22-Apr-13 04:29:47

Worst examples I've seen:

Someone getting their little boy to wee up against a tree in the middle of a city centre main shopping street in the middle of the day (either a weekday lunch or a Saturday) - they were within 30yards of a shopping centre public toilet.

Someone getting their child to drop their trousers around the side of a large store in my home town - worst thing about that is that it's the entrance path to a pub/club; myself and several other customers of the pub saw this and I called over to the mother and said that there was a toilet inside that they were welcome to use, and they replied "No, it's ok", so they continued knowing that half a dozen of us knew they were getting their child to wee in public!!

ripsishere Mon 22-Apr-13 04:51:19

It is odd, but each to their own.
I once had to hold my DD over a drain when I'd had a car accident. Little bugger proceeded to grin one out to the delight of the factory workers who had come outside to see what all the fuss was about.

mathanxiety Mon 22-Apr-13 05:49:54

Is there an element of vicarious flashing to this?

Or is it a case of, 'Look everyone, a willy! My boy has a willy! A boy sprang from my loins, and now my life has meaning and everyone is going to notice and acknowledge that he possesses a willy!'

I just don't think this mother would have been teaching a DD to pee into the sewer.

sashh Mon 22-Apr-13 06:14:47

So ... I tend to think about why the form is asking

They are all for the same reason, to report the ethnic mix to number crunchers.

Manyofhorror3 Mon 22-Apr-13 08:53:39

My toilet training son does what we call "secret wees" - we open the front and back doors of the car, he stands in the gap in between and I stand behind and he does a quick wee. Great for emergencies. And wearing on a nettle (other plants are available) if we're in the Great Outdoors. Grids aren't great as you get a lot of splash back, but it was certainly common in my parents' generation.

scaevola Mon 22-Apr-13 09:16:03

Well, mine have certainly been caught out a few times during the potty training era!

When in a suburban street with no prospect of reaching a loo in time, I 've always thought 'better down the drain than making a pavement puddle" (the only other choice being someone's front garden).

THe drain grilles were right next to the kerb though. No need whatsoever to step off the pavement.

ArabellaBeaumaris Mon 22-Apr-13 09:18:00

I was a bit gobsmacked when a boy at the playground had a wee in the middle of the playground. His mum seemed to think it was totally normal. He is school aged!

Chunderella Mon 22-Apr-13 10:38:52

No 3 year old should be being trained to step out onto a road by themself and with no warning! That bothers me much more than any potential hygiene concerns.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Mon 22-Apr-13 10:46:04

Massive bug bear of mine, if your child gets caught short, fine it happens, be discreet. But the world is not your toilet! I see it at the local playground all the time, the loo is a very short walk from the playground.
It's just not nice!!!
I dumped a boyfriend once as he stopped to have a wee by the side or a road, we'd just passed a services.

sashh you got two threads on the go?! grin

this is the pissing in a drain one!

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