There’s a heated debate happening among Parents magazine readers over a recent advice column. The question came from a dad with a young daughter. He wondered, when he was out in public and his daughter needed to use the washroom, which restroom he should use: the men’s or the women’s?
The expert who answered was Dr. Alice D. Domar, a specialist in women’s health issues. Here is her advice:
I would say the absolute last resort choice would be for the dad to go into the woman’s room! First choice would be to find a family bathroom, which is becoming more common these days. Second choice, up to age 4 or 5 would be for the dad to take her into the men’s room but go straight to a stall. After that, hopefully she would be able to go to a woman’s room by herself but if not, he can wait outside the woman’s room until a motherly-looking woman goes in and he can ask her to look out for his daughter.
Some readers were outraged that a little girl would be taken into a men’s washroom where she would see “exposed” men at the urinals. One man cautioned the dad against curious men who peek through the cracks in a stall. A couple of women said they be perfectly fine with a man entering the women’s washroom to accompany his daughter.
Dads, what do you do when you’re out with your daughters? What do you think of the advice and the comments?