She knew I left the door open at night, that the kids often came into bed with us, that as infants, they slept with me all night.
“I lock the door.”
“Oh, makes sense,” she replied, almost meekly.
I loved having my kids in bed with us but there were times, of course, that their parents needed to be alone together.
This concept is known as “privacy.”
In an era of TMI and oversharing, it might be a good policy to review.
Of course, I did not pee in private for about 15 years as I raised my kids. And now that I take care of my grandchildren frequently, there are times I am demonstrating to yet another generation what it means to use the toilet. But, in the immortal words of James Marshall’s hippos, George and Martha, “There is such a thing as PRIVACY, you know!”
We take for granted that we need to teach our kids to share – Elmo, Big Bird and friends talk about it all the time. And we do, too, especially when screaming and pulling are involved. Read the rest of this entry →