In an effort to shake things up a bit, I will throw this potentially distasteful, tacky, controversial — and anonymous, so be honest! — poll into the mix. I could be wrong, perhaps nobody cares … but here goes:
Just the other day I was at a playground without a bathroom, and a parent leaned over to me and said under their breath out of the side of their mouth, “my kid has to ‘go’, do you think can we just go in the woods?”
And honestly, I was momentarily horrified by the suggestion. Then, memories of my own struggles with two year-old twins in Central Park as a nanny years ago clouded my brain (ugh, the panic about hiding where nobody could see us, with one child determined to break free from my grip while I tried to balance the other one as she crouched, praying there was no poison ivy, with her pee dripping right down the pant leg anyway ….) and I realized I wasn’t horrified by the parent’s suggestion, but rather by the thought of what the heck am * I * going to do when my guy is out of diapers??? I mean, as a parent now, I’m all about “whatever works,” but … in DARIEN? In the WOODS? REALLY? But, then again, what else are you supposed to do?
So I’m curious: what’s your take? Remember, this anonymous, so please be honest. And forward this to your friends so I (and other readers facing this dilemma) can get as much direction as possible. If for some reason there’s a huge white space below, scroll all the way down the page — it’s a technical glitch.