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On How Not to Let Your Small Child Pee in a Public Park

@Moff My, you're certainly worked up about this non-disciplining of a man who decided to lie to his kid about the non-disciplining he suffered.

gavster is overestimating the ability of 3-year-olds to control their insides, which is why it's called potty-training, but he's right on about the sense of entitlement the dad is so proud of (BTW, announcing you're aware of your white privilege AS YOU USE IT isn't nearly as adorable as the writer thinks).

Kid probably knew he wasn't telling her the truth, too, because, and if you have a 3-year-old you know this, the only being better at sussing out prevarication than a cop is a 3 y.o.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm 1

On How Not to Let Your Small Child Pee in a Public Park

@antarctica starts here And come the end of July, we'll be able to smell every single one.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm 0

On How Not to Let Your Small Child Pee in a Public Park

I was a dogwalker. Every so often, as my charges left spreading pools of unsanitary liquid waste below helpless street trees, I'd think,"this is pretty ballsy," but there it is, dogs don't have formal pissoirs here the way they do in *parts of* Paris.

So your kid's half-cup of recycled Soymoo doesn't add up to much, but you know what? You can't teach dogs to go pee before they play, just in case.

As a very small girl, I made certain misjudgements, involving time, distance, compulsion, and once, a leather armchair. A properly placed clump of bushes would have saved me a long period of self-recrimination and remorse.

So your daughter has all my sympathy as a fellow-offender. Especially since she doesn't have the advantage I did: adult people who tried emptying me before I leaked, however many minutes of precious playtime basic maintenance robbed from me.

So yes, mistakes were made and they weren't momentous. But rather than lie to The Law and consider yourself the most adorable piss-criminal ever to be unjustly spoken to unsmilingly, how's about being straight with your three-year-old as well as the cop? "I'm sorry, Officer, I wasn't sure she could hold it" to him, and "he wasn't happy because you're not supposed to pee in the park" don't seem nearly as humiliating as the verbal melvining you gave yourself.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm 2