I'm not sure - I'll probably take jasper with me until hes at least 10.
though I have had the lovely moment in a change room at fitness first after a swim stripping off and realising there is about a 10 year old boy there... that felt a bit awkward!
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Sounds like the swimming lessons are a pain all over. We have resorted to taking an extra towel for the kids, wrapping them in the dry one and bringing them home to change. There are no doors on the showers at this pool either - and I'm clever - buti havent mastered the art of changing two wet kids in a loo cubical......
I am lucky as my kids are nudists and really do not care who looks..
they also dont seem to ogle others, yet...
but my 10 year old will come into parents rooms, change rooms and toilets for the time being.
If I was outside the toilets and saw them go in and was going to be there when they came out I would let a 7 year old use the toilets themselves. Definitely by 10 I would let my children have the independence to use the toilets themselves. There are some really interesting research pieces that have been done around not exposing children to risks like gauging when someone is a bit strange, or being able to problem solve if they come out of the toilets and you're not there to meet them. Tim Gill is an academic who has done a lot of research on the topic (his website is called rethinkingchildhood) and some of his studies have shown that adolescents these days take big risks (like meeting someone they met online! Or trusting people who are a bit "off") because many of them haven't been given the opportunity to develop their own risk assessment processes as a child.
Sorry, a bit off topic! But it's interesting to think about.
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