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Mommy Dearest: Is It Okay For Tots to Pee in Public?


Mommy Dearest,

I was downtown shopping with my friend and her two-and-a-half year old son, who is being potty trained. We were in a communal area admiring the city's Christmas tree when he announced he was about to have an accident. My friend knew he wouldn't make it to the department store across the street (where the closest restroom was) so fearing he would soil himself, she pulled down his pants and let him pee in the shrubbery. It took me a minute to realize what she was doing, but after he was finished and we continued on our way, I told her I thought it gross to let him pee on public property. She said I'd understand once I become a mother that it was an emergency and since he was wearing underwear, it was the only option other than letting him wet his pants. What do you think?

— Timid of Tots Tinkling in Public

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Dear Timid of Tots Tinkling in Public,

As a mom, I've encountered a few of these close calls myself so I sympathize with your friend. I have allowed my kids to pee on the rare occasion and in times of emergency in the trees when we were out in a rural area. But in a metropolitan situation, I always make a mad dash toward the nearest restroom. That said, I think we'll open this one up for our readers' feedback. Please chime in!

— Mommy Dearest

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