The Bathroom Battle

Kids are funny.

You never know what they're going to say, what they're going to do - or
how they're going to react to certain situations. You'd think I'd know now that by now, but my kids still manage to surprise me. The latest surprise took place outside the Chuck E. Cheese bathroom on what we call, "Fun Friday" at my house.

That's my day off and our time to go out and do something exciting together.

Let me give you a little background history first:
When has come to changing diapers or taking the boys to the restroom when we are out in public - it has never been a big deal. They'd go with me or they'd go with dad. Usually me.

Now that they're older, they can read and suddenly - they know what those pictures mean on the front of those bathroom doors. While I am thrilled that they're reading - this particular situation is bad news for me.

Fast forward to "Fun Friday" at Chucky Cheese:
This was the day the boys decided to let the bathroom battle begin.
After we played all our games it was time for pizza, but first we needed to take a potty break and wash up. But we had to get inside the bathroom first.

That was a problem.
As soon as I tried to get them to go into he ladies restroom with me....
They began to protest.
Really protest!

"We're not going in there!"
"That's for girls!"
"We don't want to go in THAT bathroom."
"NO, I'm not a girl!"

They literally would not move.

So, I say, "Yes it is for girls, but mommy is a girl and it's okay because you are with mommy." That eventually worked for the three year-old - but not with his older brother. That took a lot more convincing.

Now it's become our restroom routine.
So you best believe when dad's not there - there's nothing but drama outside any given bathroom door. No one wants to go in with me - but they both have to go.

This potty problem won't get any better because I strongly believe - they are still too young to go in public bathrooms unattended. I just don't trust people enough to do that - which leaves me with a huge bathroom dilemma.

I don't want to have to deal with this situation every time we go out - because they inevitably will have to go potty and they are both are pretty strong willed (like their mom - yikes!).

Has anyone else had to go through this?
How did you get your kids to cooperate?
And when to you think it's okay for boys to go to a public restroom alone?

I'm just wondering if our gender differences will create more issues as they get older???
Lets' chat about it...

Until Next Time,


About the Author...
Serese Cole
Serese is no stranger to the Midwest. She was born and raised in Kansas City and after years of moving from state to state - has called Nebraska home the last decade.

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  • by Tammy Location: cook,ne on Jun 25, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    hi serese, my name is tammy, i have a 7 mth old daughter and i was wondering how u dealt with ur boys when they were cutting teeth? also how you dealt with with ur when they started crawling all over the place? i be came a brand new mom on nov. 26th,2010 her name is anna. and i was just curious of how you felt about traditional names in the family? sincerely,Tammy
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  • by Shari on Jun 11, 2011 at 11:55 PM
    I am a single mom with two boys, and I have encountered this issue often. I tell my youngest (5) that the ladies room is for moms and kids. So far that seems to work.
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