Caution: Blog Post about Pee.
I found this half written blog post in my draft folder and wanted to finish it off and post it because it’s a gem. A real classic. Or a giant waste of time, but it’s about pee, so it should get some reaction aside from giggle children).
Apparently there was a major study perform a few years ago surrounding the urinal that men (and boys) subconsciously choose when entering a restroom. Who knew?
A lot of it has to do with positioning of urinals, the number of urinals and whether any of said urinals were occupied at the time – according to experts. I recalled that study and remember walking into restrooms for the next, I don’t know, 5-years, trying to see what made me choose the urinal for wet waste disposal, and which urinals I directed my boys to.
It’s taken me wayyyy to long, but I can say now with certainty that there are other, much more significant factors which were taken into consideration, such as the size of puddle on the floor – can we straddle it, or would we have to stand right on it – which spots are available, and how close we would be to people. From there, we quickly size up the people to see if we want to pee beside them. Will they mind their business or do they peek – do they stand 5 feet away from the urinal and splatter or do they talk to themselves. Do they look like they might live in one of the stalls or do they look as uncomfortable and weirded out as the rest of us.
These are all important traits to teach out kids as they begin going into bathrooms on their own.
I’d much rather my kids go to the spot they feel safest than to make them feel that tehy should avoid the first stall because that stall is the most commonly used, so they should use the second one, or maybe the 5th one because men don’t often use the 5th one…
All I can say is this…
Try not to stand in pee.
Try not to splash others pee back on you.
Always flush the urinal if its not automatic.
Always wash your hands thoroughly, especially if you’re the type of kid who is going to have you fingers near your face, or in your mouth at any point in the next day.
Please don’t look at other people – stare at the wall if you have to.
If someone is looking at you, finish up as quickly as possible and then tell someone. But always wash your hands.