I was at the Chicago History Museum last weekend and about
halfway through the Lincoln exhibit (which, if you haven't been, is
surprisingly well-done given the fact that it has absolutely
nothing to do with, you know, the history of Chicago), I had to use
I'm opening the door to the women's room, and out comes a mother
and her son, who was easily 11 years old.
Now, not having any kids of my own, I know I'll never really
understand the logistical challenges of a day out with the kids.
And I try my best to sympathize when those challenges crop up
(screaming kids in airports, being rammed in back of the legs by a
stroller on the El), thinking that as annoying as this is for me,
it's far worse for the parents.
But to me, this kid was way too old to be anywhere near the
inside of a women's room. He actually had acne! And the museum was
nearly empty. If we were at Six Flags on a crowded summer day,
maybe I'd understand. But I fail to understand why the mother
couldn't have let her son go into the men's room, which was right
next to the women's room, and waited for him.
My guiding principle here is when your son is old enough to
think going into the women's room is cool, he's too old to be
What do you think: How old is too old to bring your opposite-sex
child into a public restroom?
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