Would you feel comfortable with a boy in the ladies room? How old is too old for you?
I'm asking because I know some people have a problem with it, however as a mom of four boys, I don't. I think my boys went with me (Nate and Nick still do) to the ladies room until they were about 8 or 9 years old. This especially happened if Rich wasn't with us. When Anthony turned 9, I very hesitantly let him go by himself to the men's room. I stood right outside the door and I'm sure there were a few men looking at me funny when I was trying to peer through the door each time it opened. Now, most places have a "family room" and I think its about damn time! They need to add a few more too, one isn't enough!
I am a very protective mother, VERY protective. A few years ago my father in law once asked if Rich and I would think about sending the kids down to Florida one summer (by themselves on a plane - eek!!!!). Rich looked at me and could just read the fear in my eyes and answered "I don't think Charlene's apron strings are long enough for that." Good Boy!!
I was once in the rest room at Kmart with, I think, Zachary at the time. He was maybe five years old. This woman came out of the stall and started shaking her head and said "boys shouldn't be in the "ladies room"." (and yes she used the "quote fingers"). "I hope he doesn't touch me." I thought to myself, the boy doesn't have the plaque, he just has to pee. And then she started to walk out of the bathroom without washing her hands. So I said to Zachary in a really loud voice. "She didn't even wash her hands - I hope we don't buy anything she touches." She turned around and looked at me, but I didn't care at that point.
Maybe I watch too much tv or read too many news stories (I AM addicted to reading the newspaper). Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I refused to send my son to the men's room by himself or make him wait outside while I go. I don't care about pleasing some stranger I'll never see again. It's safety I'm worried about. Until they are old enough, I'll endure the dirty looks and take my little ones with me.