Here Is A Delicate Question: Should A Boy Be Allowed In A Female Change Room?
February 6, 2019 15:34 By Fabiosa
A post on one of the parenting forums started a great debate on the internet. Should a boy be allowed in a female change room if he came with his mother? One of the users described a situation that happened to her.
The woman took her 10-year-old daughter to a pool. In a female locker room, they saw two boys, 7 and 9, who came with their mother. The girl got uncomfortable and had to change in the toilet. The outraged mother asked the staff about their policy and was told that boys under 7 with their mothers were indeed allowed in female change rooms.
Not failing to mention that the boys behaved well and she didn’t have any complaints about them in this regard, the woman asked the forum what is the right thing to do in such a situation? Should boys be allowed in women's change rooms or not? And, as with most parenting threads, opinions divided.
Moms who take their sons to the gym explained that they can’t leave their children alone or that they need to make sure their child changes into sports clothes. Some moms are afraid to send children to the male change rooms for fear of them getting sexually assaulted by a man.
Most women were indignant for having to hide under towels in the presence of someone’s curious children and always watch out so as not to accidentally flash their naked body.
Many named a specific age limit. They suggested that for children over 8 it is undesirable to enter locker room intended for people of the opposite sex. But often, it is hard to tell if a child is 7 or 9.
Child psychologists also support the idea about the age limit. They claim that younger children, up to approximately 5 years of age, are very attached to their mother and leaving them alone in an unfamiliar place can be traumatic. Besides, the gender differences don’t interest them at this age.
Some users suggested making family change rooms for such cases. That would be best.
And how do you feel about this delicate issue? Have you had a similar experience? Please share your opinion, we would really like to know.
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