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

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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."


People don't do that do they? Usually?

theansweris42 Mon 22-Apr-13 10:59:05

my DSs are 2 and 3, both get caught short (2 yr old just out of nappies) and also the 3 year old is phobic about public loos (terrified about the hand drier) so we have to find discreet places outside - but in bushes or next to trees - no pavement puddle. I don't like doing it but needs must - are we offending loads of people? (ulp?

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 22-Apr-13 11:05:58

I have been caught short with my 3yo DS. We usually find a discreet drain out of sight, or a bush if out and about (there is a park near us with rancid loos I wouldn't set foot in).

It's not ideal, but it does happen in an emergency.

WordUpG Mon 22-Apr-13 11:27:11

My 3 have all been caught short very occasionally. If we can't get to a toilet in time then a discreet wee is had behind a bush, tree or in a corner. Certainly not in a grid in public while causing a near pile up.

Manyofhorror3 we are secret wee experts too. My kids lie. "Have you been to the toilet? Yes. Are you sure you don't need the toilet? Yes. Just go now before we leave. We have..." In the car 10 minutes. "Muuuum... I need a wee..." Grrrr!

theansweris42 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:33:00

anyone else have DC refusing to use public loo because of handdrier? he is genuinely terrified...

Manyofhorror3 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:36:08

Yes, I have a handdryer phobic too. He goes bananas if they go off.

theansweris42 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:45:40

heh, never met another in RL, good to know its not just us!

WordUpG Mon 22-Apr-13 11:48:00

Yep. My ds was petrified. I can understand. He was sat there in the Trafford Centre squeezing one out. I'm using the other toilet (family cubicle) I stand up and my arse sets the dryer off. He nearly bounced out of the door in fright.

Flobbadobs Mon 22-Apr-13 11:53:02

Secret wees here too but when DS was young we had an empty bottle for when stopping wasn't an option. That and the plastic bags to catch the inevitable car sickness meant the back of our car looked like a rubbish bin.
DD1 had hand drier issues too until she came across one of those Dyson ones, then I couldn't get her away..

SouthernComforts Mon 22-Apr-13 11:54:42

A few days ago I went to a cash machine, joined the queue behind a woman and 2 young school boys, she was huddled in the corner with them and I assumed she was putting her cash/card away discreetly.

Then they moved and she had been sheltering the boy whilst he weed against the cash machine wall!! Big puddle of wee right where you have to stand.

This was on a busy shopping street full of cafes.

Dirty sod. (The woman)


SouthernComforts Mon 22-Apr-13 11:55:51

The boys looked around 5 and 7 so not toddlers either!

theansweris42 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:58:23

Word grin

Ledkr Mon 22-Apr-13 12:00:56

Tbh I know it's just a little toddlers small wee but if all chikdren did this everywhere our towns and parks would drink of piss.
Ok if caught short but if not its just lazy.
I was sat next to a woman with twins at the open air pool last year and they peed about three times each throughout the day against a hedge. My dd was crawling and kept going to the hedge to pull herself up and I kept having to stop her or she'd crawl thru piss.

mathanxiety Mon 22-Apr-13 18:10:12

I notice this is mostly all DSs we are talking about here.

I guarantee if mothers of DDs were on this thread they would have a different story to tell and would be taking more time to make sure their DDs didn't need to pee while out, or planning trips to include public loos and making them go in the proper place, or try to go, even if reluctant.

To a certain extent this problem exists because some parents of boys are lazy. They are lazy because it's easier to tell a boy to unzip and pee right there on the spot than bring a child to a loo, and because it's more difficult to facilitate a girl who needs to pee immediately.

meditrina Mon 22-Apr-13 18:13:33

I have children of both sexes, and have held DD out over a drain a few times. All my DCs got it wrong a few times whilst training, and I just chose the least bad place depending on where we were.

(Sorry for disrupting your theory).

JenaiMorris Mon 22-Apr-13 18:27:16

Teaching them to go in the least bad place is sensible.

In the path of a truck is by no means the least worse place however - it's nuts!

mathanxiety Mon 22-Apr-13 18:28:30

Maybe the exception proves the rule ??

It's been my observation that this is much more a boy phenomenon, and very much a British (and Irish) thing too. In the US a playground would grind to a horrified screeching stop if anyone peed anywhere near it.

meditrina Mon 22-Apr-13 18:35:05

Where I live, drains aren't in the middle of the road, so I really don't get that bit of OP.

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