dog waiting by front door

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A CafeMom has been catching her 8 year old son peeing outside along the edge of the woods as he's walking home from school. It's pretty rural, few people can see him, perhaps one of the neighbors. But his mom certainly sees him. And it makes her crazy. She's sick of telling him to use the bathroom.

She's not sure if she should even make a big deal out of this. That it's natural for boys to treat the world as their urinal. Save the energy for bigger battles.

I must admit, I've allowed my own son this little privilege when out on hikes or at the park when there was no public toilet available, or if I just didn't feel like walking him to the john. I'm actually jealous. I'd do it if it wasn't so messy.

After all, people feel that it's acceptable to walk their dogs and let them pee all over the park and ballfields (big pet peeve here), how is the urine of a 7 year old or 67 year old any better or worse? I don't agree with peeing in very public places, like a city street or the running track. Woods, side of the road, meadow, mountain. With modesty, some good hygeine, all okay by me.

At least one mom hates the idea.

"It's GROSS! If there is a bathroom available, they should use it. In a few years, he is going to be a teen and if he pees outside can be ticketed for pubic indecency. I would put a stop to it now! I don't see why people have the 'boys will be boys' attitude. Just because they are boys does not mean they should be allowed to be nasty."

Does it bother you that boys -- or men -- sometimes pee outside?

 

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