Guest blogger Jana Mathews: I wiped three butts yesterday, only one of which belonged to a member of my family ... and that family member is four months old. The other two rear ends belonged to my six-year-old daughter's friends.
I was making lunch when I heard someone call my name.
I turned around to find a naked kindergartner standing in the middle of my kitchen with her pants around her ankles.
"I don't know how to wipe," she said.
"Seriously?" I asked.
After friend #2 also went number 2 in my bathroom -- and required similar assistance -- I began to ask myself: A) At what age do children master this valuable skill? and B) What is reasonably expected of us (i.e. someone who is not the child's parent) in the meantime? I, for one, am not super wild about my own kids' poo, and am more than a little grossed out about the thought of having to get so close to a stranger's ... especially when that stranger theoretically has been potty-trained for four years.
So what's a girl to do? Pony up and wipe away, or let the poor kid sit in her tread marks until she gets home?
Inquiring minds also want to know: Should a six-year-old be able to wipe her own butt?
|Jana Mathews is the mother of "four under five" and the author of The Meanest Mom blog.|