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March 8, 2019 2 Comments

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    Ruth

    March 8, 2019

    What is the etiquette on family restrooms? I am a mother of small children, and find them a wonderful thing. However, 75% of the time (it seems) they are used by adults without children, and these people are in there a very long time. Often the reason we need that specific room is that you can fit a shopping cart with the small children buckled into it in the restroom, whereas that is impossible in a regular one. Additionally, some public places now only have changing tables in the family restroom!
    I know this was sort of covered in the handicapped accessible restroom conversations, but I am frustrated by this on an almost daily basis. So my question, should the family restroom be reserved for parents with small children? Or is it just a restroom for anybody who wants extra privacy to do their business?

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      DanielPostSenning

      March 11, 2019

      Hi Ruth,
      I feel your frustration. These “family” rooms can be such a lifesaver for people managing children. I really like the idea of leaving them available for people who need them unless there are extenuating circumstances. Sometimes people with medical conditions need them as well. It can be hard to tell who is who, and for that reason, we are kind of all on the honor system to self monitor. Most of the time I don’t think the privacy issue crosses the line of necessity. I also think this question is a good reminder of the real need that these spaces address.
      Best of luck managing those kids when you are out and about,
      Dan

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