A Good Mom Teaches Her Daughter to Pee Standing Up

toilettoiletI have a confession to make. I sit on public toilets when I am out. My name is Amy Boshnack and I do not know how to squat and pee. I never learned. It's not my fault. My mother just always had me line the toilet with paper, then sit, then pee. I fared okay -- mostly.

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The college years were tough. Nasty bars, no toilet paper. I had a few gross moments. And camping, of course, was a challenge. Thankfully, most of the time, there was at least some sort of outhouse with a rim I could sit on (after wiping rim clean and lining it, just as a proper young lady would do.) Oh ... and when I studied abroad and realized that a lot of European spots didn't think toilet seats were a necessity -- yeah, those were hard. But I powered through.

I did have a friend or two over the years try to teach me. Because that's what girlfriends are for, right? They would stand nearby and try to talk me through it ... but it never worked and either my butt would end up touching the toilet (unlined) or I would pee on myself. Is that TMI?

Anyhow -- this all leads to my giant parenting FAIL. I have a daughter and I don't want her destined to a life of nasty toilet wiping/lining. I have enlisted a friend of mine to start working with her ... but I think it might be too late. She is already 8-years-old and may be too set in her ways. She lines the toilet just like mommy. You can laugh -- but this is the kind of thing that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. I need to figure out a way to teach her to squat and pee. Maybe there is a video on YouTube?

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Please tell me I am not alone here ... is there anyone else out there that never learned to squat when they pee? What are you doing about your daughters?

And just as an aside, I have a request for you squatters out there ... not sure if you realize it -- but you are always leaving pee on the seats -- that I end up wiping. It would be wonderful if you could work on your precision for us non-squatters.

Do you squat or line the toilet with paper?


Written by Amy Boshnack for CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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