Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kids, Bathrooms and Distance: A Painful Equation

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kids, Bathrooms and Distance: A Painful Equation

Article excerpt

WE'VE all been there. You're out and about and one of your little darlings decides they have to "go".

Sure, they may have only gone 10 minutes earlier, but they have to go again and they have to go NOW.

I've lost count of the number of trolleys we've abandoned in supermarkets as we have dropped everything in search of the closest bathroom. The words "you're just going to have to hold it" have been heard across many a shopping centre.

Then there are the all those exciting things for children to find in public toilets.

My two always have a bizarre need to open the lids to any disgusting bin they find in the cubicle and the hand dryers have provided endless entertainment on many a shopping trip.

But it's not just at the shops. Once at a restaurant, I had to leave the table with three half-eaten meals mid way through dinner, only to have the manager think we had done a runner without paying.

On another dining occasion I had a tiny face pop out from under the cubicle beside me. A detailed description of what he saw was promptly announced to the busy restroom and then again later ... to the entire restaurant as we continued our meals.

While I'm overjoyed my children are well past the "little accident" stage, they're definitely not old enough to head off to a public bathroom on their own.

Yes, when we're out and about my children are brilliant at picking the most inconvenient times to have to "go". Last weekend was no exception.

I finally got my car back this week, all shiny and new after a "little accident" of a different kind.

Excited to have our car returned, the three of us went for a drive to the beach. Of course on long drives, nature always finds the need to call.

As usual we were on the highway with no means of stopping and no bathrooms in sight. They were forced to hold on until we found a service station. Fortunately, we made it just in time.

We eventually reached our destination and promptly spread ourselves out on the sand ready for a day of fun. …

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