Today my son and I went to his favorite little resale shop. It’s right next to the Dollar Store, so every time I need to pick something up he wants to go play next door. We found it a few days after we moved in, a tiny little resale shop called Katie & Jake’s Closet. It had great second hand name brand clothes and discounted Melissa & Doug toys; plus it had 50% off days so I could get already discounted Melissa & Doug at an extra 50% Off! There is also this little corner in the back with a green plush rug where they have a lot of toys in bins for kids to play with while parents shop. Judah loves the green rug and the wooden trucks and it is just the perfect little store… except one thing…
They wouldn’t let us use the restroom.
My son is 3 and we’re Potty Training, we try very hard not falling back on Pull-Ups and make sure he uses the potty when we’re out so he’s used to going in other places than his own little Potty. This is important because some kids get really stuck on their Potty’s and they don’t want to go anywhere else. We also shop at this little resale shop frequently and only once have I went in there and not come out with something because I believe in supporting local small businesses. So it was a shock to me when my son, doing his little need-to-go dance says, “Okay, need to go potty!” And I ask if there is a restroom and receive a reply that yes, there was in the back. “Can we use it? My son needs to potty”, I said nicely and receive a response of, “It isn’t a public restroom.” She didn’t even have the decency to look at me as she was txting on her phone.
We were the only people in the shop and I was upset and flustered. I bent down and told Judah he would need to hold it and left the shop. I had planned on picking up the wooden steamroller today that he really loved playing with, but I don’t think I’ll be shopping there any longer. Although they don’t have the discounted Melissa & Doug toys at Kid’s Again, they do have a play area and the owners are very polite and extremely kid friendly.
This really got to me today. When I had wrote a little tid-bit about it on Facebook, Rachel (our writer), had said that it happened to her once at a Doctors Office! Of all places! They said that only patients could use the bathroom and as there was no other place in the building to go, she had to go to the Jack-in-the-Box across the street! And her son just turned 5. It’s beyond ridiculous!
So this is my Potty Training Mommy Complaint. I fully understand in regards to adults, especially in the city, but these are children. They’re little kids that don’t have bladders that are capable of holding for too long, especially when they’re potty training. I don’t understand why people could be so nonchalant in their rudeness to not even allow a child to use the bathroom for a few minutes. It’s just another example, to me, of where we fail as a society – that we can’t even use our good judgement, our hearts, to make rational decisions; especially in regards to children.
They’re very lucky my son didn’t pee on their nice soft green plush rug.
Has this ever happened to you?