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    Default Going to the toilet with kids in public places

    Interested in your thoughts on this one. I recently took my toddler and 6 year old and her friend to our local park. It was very busy with lots of mums and kids. I suddenly needed to go to the loo and walked everyone over to the toilet cubicles. I took the toddler in with me but left the two well behaved 6 year olds playing just outside. I told them to wait for me before I went in and could hear them the whole time and made sure I was super quick but they were technically out of my sight for one minute or so. What do you do in these situations? Is the more responsible thing to do simply to take them all in with me? Am usually vigilant about keeping my eyes on them at all times but this was a tricky situation..

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    I haven't had this yet but i would have them stand outside the cubicle, not outside the toilet block and I'd chat to them the whole time so i know they are there and occupied.

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    I would have just hd them outside the cubicle and talked to them the whole time. I've had to do that with my 6yo son before.

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    I would've made them stand with their feet under the cubicle door so I could see they were there. That's what I see lots of parents doing at the public toilets near our park

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    Thanks ladies. This was slightly different as the toilet was unisex (there is only one) and no block to speak of so the door to the toilet opens directly onto the park itself .. So they were enclosed in the block with me.

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    Thanks ladies. This was slightly different as the toilet was unisex (there is only one) and no block to speak of so the door to the toilet opens directly onto the park itself .. So they were not enclosed in the toilet block with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaDiDah View Post
    I would've made them stand with their feet under the cubicle door so I could see they were there. That's what I see lots of parents doing at the public toilets near our park
    This. PLus chatting the whole time.

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    Yep, that's pretty much what I'd do. If it weren't busy, I'd probably just leave the older kids playing (with them knowing where I was). If it were just my own children, I'd probably bring them in with me. If it were a slightly older child, I'd probably just leave them playing...but I'd do what you did in that situation.

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    Yeah it's so dependent on where you are and who the children are. In our tiny country town i wouldn't worry much if they were outdoors nearby but if i were in an unfamiliar town/city or lots of people around that i don't know, i'd probably all squash in together.

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