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Teaching Boys to Pee Standing Up or Sitting Down

Pee Controversy: Sitting Lessens Mess or Emasculates Boys?

Potty training is messy business and hits and misses are part of the process for lil boys. Though 73 percent of LilSugar readers said they taught their sons to pee sitting down, their reasons varied.

Several moms instructed their lil ones to sit, but then had dad demonstrate the standing technique. Other mamas told their tykes to pop a squat (like Kate Gosselin did), to cut down on cleanup. Then, there were mothers that taught their sons to stand since they believe that it is "emasculating to make a boy pee sitting down."

Do you think the way a child urinates affects his masculinity?

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AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 5 years
I live in Ohio, which is pretty conservative, but this very topic came up at lunch. I eat lunch with about 8 well-educated men. They laughed their butts off about men who pee sitting down. They felt it was something to be ashamed of and not something to teach your son. I know some of you are coming at this from a logical, progressive standpoint -- but there is a chance that if your boy goes to school and doesn't know how to use the urinal, he may feel embarrassed. Incidentally, I think I am the one who was quoted as saying it is emasculating. This is not what I said. I said it's reasonable to teach a 3- year old to pee sitting down; that just shouldn't be the end state.
psterling psterling 5 years
I didn't even realize this was an issue...who cares how you pee?
Roarman Roarman 5 years
My brother-in-law sits down most of the time. If you think standing while peeing makes someone a man, you have issues.
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