Did you see this story in the Orange County Register? Sex Offender May Have Victimized More Children. This is the sort of thing that keeps me up at night. This is the sort of thing that makes me second guess every little decision I make with my kids, especially when it comes to their safety. It doesn't ease my mind either to think this guy is out on bail!
A man molests a little boy in a bathroom at The Block in Orange.
I wouldn't be surprised if the mom was even standing just outside the door. I can't even imagine how she must feel now (and kudos to her for reporting it to police). Since I have a boy I've talked to a lot of moms about this issue: At what age should we let our young boys go into public restrooms alone?
If you have a boy who's 5 years old or up you know, you sometimes get those stares from women when you bring them into the women's room. Or you get a comment from someone that's of the "cut the apron strings already" vibe and sometimes it would just be more convenient to send him in on his own. My son's already begging me to go into the "boys room" because he's getting embarrassed. But, honestly, I'm just not willing to risk it with my six-year-old no matter the push back. He always goes with me into the women's room or with his dad into the men's–but until what age?
What age is it inappropriate to bring a boy into the women's room? Does it depend on the circumstances or maturity of the boy? Is there no magic number? Man, I really hate that we have to worry about these things, but we do. If nothing else, I just wanted to make you aware this happened in OC and to remind us all to be careful with our kids.