@Moff: You presume I don't know what it's like to deal with a 3-year-old. I know it's difficult, and annoying, and frustrating at times. I also know people have been doing it for eons, it isn't the heaviest burden in this life, and not every parent feels compelled to slather him/herself with such a heaping helping of praise for doing it. There's no shortage of self-involved parents out there, so do we really need another one giving himself a pat on the back because his kid had the wherewithal to announce she had to take a leak?
Besides, as I stated before, I could give two shits that Gabe let his daughter pee in the park. It's his attitude about himself, his daughter, his hummus-eating peers and how "magical" he seems to think they all are, coupled with the sanctimonious way he describes his encounter with a surly policeman, that irked me. Maybe if parents like this spent more time modelling how not to be an insufferable twat their children would be better off, and so would the rest of us.
I don't think anyone is really that upset about a three-year-old peeing in the park. The problem is that this Gabe fellow, in just a few short paragraphs, comes across as completely loathsome in his sense of entitlement and indignation. Such a tired cliche of a liberal, white, privileged helicopter parent, it oozes from every sentence. Your daughter telling you she has to pee is not "a good moment," and it demonstrates nothing of your parenting skills. I'm willing to bet that the three-year-old children of destitute crack whores are able to announce when they have to make. A good moment would be to teach your daughter to have enough self-control to hold it in for five minutes, because the world is not hers to piss on. Instead, at three, she has already learned that civic courtesies (forget that it's a rule) are not for her or her family. My hunch is that, through osmosis, that's something already deeply ingrained.