An Oklahoma outlet mall has inadvertently sparked a heated parenting debate online.
The Oklahoma City Moms Blog posted on Facebook a photo of a sign found on a restroom wall in the mall. The sign read: “Please Boys over 6 years of age use the Men’s restroom Thank you.”
Parents are now debating at what age it's appropriate to let children use public restrooms on their own. Jo Ryan, a parenting expert with Babybliss, told the Daily Mail it’s a “tough question.”
“It depends on the child, really,” she said. “I think 6 is too young. I’m not sure if I’d want them to go in a public toilet on their own. Some boys want to do that at that age; you have to judge the child and whether it is a safe environment. Toilets are always an unknown.”
Personally, Ryan wouldn’t let her children go to the restroom alone at that age. “I would want to take them with me,” she said. "It’s usually when they are a bit older - around 7 or 8 - that they want to go in alone."
Ryan also pointed out that the rules don’t make room for people with disabilities.
Oklahoma City Moms Blog commented on the Facebook post: “This sign was not approved or enforced [by] the mall where [the photo] was taken. As soon as management was notified, the sign was removed. They are still trying to locate who actually put up the sign.”