The name of the child will be “Child” to protect Child’s privacy. But we will always know who it is, won’t we, Child?
Here’s what went down the other day:
Me: “Hang on for a second. I have to go pee, and then we can play.”
Me: “…So maybe you could leave the bathroom so I could have a little privacy?”
Child: “No, no, it’s okay. Look.”
Closes the door most of the way, then puts their eye up to the crack.
Me: “You’re still looking at me.”
Child: “No, I’m not looking at your pee, I’m looking at your eyes.”
Me: “The fact that you’re looking me in the eyes while I urinate does not makes this any better.”
Child: “OKAY.” (angry and disappointed)
I think it’s important that kids learn while they’re young that there are few situations in which direct and sustained eye contact makes things more comfortable.