And I dare someone to say something about it.
If you haven't heard, a kindergartener was sexually abused in the men's room at the NYS Museum while his mother waited outside the door.
This is the second time in about a year that a man has abused (or attempted to abuse) a boy in a public restroom.
As the mother of a kindergartener, what am I supposed to do when we are in public and my son says he needs to use the restroom? I do what this mother did. I walk him to the door and say "I'll be right outside". If things seem to be taking longer than usual, I have been known to yell in and ask if he's okay. I've even gone as far as sticking my head inside the door to double check.
At the community center we belong to, there are signs on the door that no children over 4 years old are allowed in the locker rooms of the opposite sex. However, they do have family restrooms and while the wait is usually very long, it's a safer option than sending them into the locker room alone.
But not every public place has a family restroom. In those situations, I am faced with getting the evil eye from women who think my kid is too old to be in there, and protests from my son about having to use the ladies room, or allowing him to use the men's room and praying that a pedophile isn't in there just waiting for an opportunity.
So from now on, if there is no family restroom, don't be surprised if you see me stick my head inside the door to the men's room to make sure my son is okay. I dare anyone to confront me on it.
And really? It's nothing I haven't seen before.