The two top things kids hate spending their time on are going to the restroom and going to bed Life is too full of fun and adventure and promise to shut down the eyes or spend behind closed doors in the restroom. While for us adults, shutting down against life–sleep is the greatest rejuvenation and respite. And attending the calls of nature is taking rest, that’s shy it is aptly called the Restroom.
My son, Ishaan hates the mention of sleep, taking rest. Even if his eyelids give away and are too heavy to stay open, and his eyes are red and sore, he denies that he’s sleepy and keeps on convincing us desperately to let the lights in his room be on for just a few more minutes. It’s like the biggest insult you can hurl at him–calling him tired and sleepy. And he tries hard to keep his eyes open and his mouth talking until sleep finally engulfs him and drifts him away gently, unknowingly.
A visit to the toilet is again a thing that has to be procrastinated and postponed until the very moment that the bladder gives away finally. His bladder is really under a stress test all the time. Until the time he is at school and daycare, those are precious moments with friends which cannot be missed at any cost. So moments after I pick him up, he starts pestering me to drive fast because he has to go.
And once home, he just can’t hold it till I unlock the door, screaming, pleading –“I’m almost peeing my pants” and rushes to the restroom.
On weekends he is busy playing at home, too busy to pee. And the moment we land at any restaurant or any store, that’s the time he can afford to go pee. So, in all grocery stores that we frequent, all pharmacies, all malls or restaurants we go to, we know exactly where the restrooms are, so we are able to make it there before he wets his pants.
Last year at Delhi, India, we were shopping at the otherwise shining, upmarket and expensive Allen Solly store–he came running with his urgent pee request. While I was thankful that at least they had a tiny restroom or we would have to rush outside in a mad search-to-no-avail, he whined and complained about how small and stinky and dirty it was and the flush system didn’t work. Not to mention that they couldn’t even spare the littlest restroom space to stack some posters, cartons, carry bags.Ishaan relieved himself in the tiny toilet but all through the trip, he learned to respond to nature when it called.
Fun Fact: Heard on the radio that some department stores in Europe have their employees wear diapers during the busy holiday shopping season to save time on restroom breaks…Ewwww!!