Is there an age where parents should stop accompanying their kids of the opposite sex to the bathroom?
Any parent who has survived potty-training their kids knows that running errands brings stress about for a new reason: public restrooms.
As if potty-training your kid wasn't hard enough, figuring out when exactly you should let your kids navigate the restroom alone can be especially challenging — particularly if your mini me is a member of the opposite sex. Thankfully, Dr. Frank Sileo, PhD, a licenced psychologist and children's book author based in Ridgewood, NJ, was able to answer some of our most burning questions about when children should be allowed to use public restrooms.
"There really is not a specific age when parents should allow their kids to use public restrooms on their own," he told POPSUGAR. And technically, no kid should ever be in a public restroom without a parent or guardian around. "According to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, no children of any age should be permitted to use public restrooms alone."
Scroll through to see what to do if you ever find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to letting your child use the restroom at the grocery store, mall, or movie theatre.