Potty training your child is difficult in any situation, however, it's fair to say if you're a dad and you're trying to potty train your daughter out in public, you can face an array of issues.
Although newer campaigns, like Squat For Change - an organization focused on promoting the installation of diaper changing stations in all designated public restrooms - have been working to create change, too few men's public restrooms are set up for dads to care for their children.
Now, Chronicles of Daddy blogger Muhammed Nitoto has revealed his show-stopping idea, which we're surprised no one has come up with before - just use the women's bathroom.
Sharing a photo of himself and one of his 2 daughters entering a public restroom, Nitoto wrote: "As a dad being out with daughters, I never thought the bathroom would become as big as an issue as it is. Usually, we would go places, and they have FAMILY bathrooms, which are meant for people with children, but what I found was most places don't have them, and dads are left to decide between taking their daughters to the men's bathroom or the women's."
The father explained that when he was unable to locate a family restroom, he did "what most men would do," which would mean taking his girls into the men's bathroom: "Now I've been to a men's bathroom millions of times, but walking in with your daughter makes you look at it completely different."
"Men's bathrooms are DISGUSTING. They smell like pee, and nothing is set up for a woman or a person with a child. The changing table was right next to the urinal which means my child literally would be next to where men pee which she's being charged. Not to mention that there are men going in and out while you're in there."
However, it only took one time for him to decide that going into the women's restroom is what was best for his daughters.
"They are too young to go on their own so I have to go in with them," he shared. "I try to be as respectful to women as I can while doing so which consists of knocking on the door before entering and announcing myself."
"Women's bathrooms are so much cleaner and set up perfect just in case they have children," wrote the San Pedro, California father. "The changing station is usually inside a stall instead of just in the open, and it's always clean. As a girl dad, I can't help but want to protect my daughter's from all things that aren't for them, and the men's bathroom is 100 percent one of those things."
He opened the floor for his followers, eager to learn how they felt. Surprisingly, commenters overwhelmingly supported Nitoto's decision. "I think it's wonderful and you are doing it the right way and very respectfully," one wrote.
Another fellow dad wrote: "I have had this problem before. I agree 100 percent. Men's bathrooms are too gross for my daughters to use them, so I just bring a portable potty in the car, and when they need to go, I would just bring them to the car. Never thought about going into the women's bathroom though."
However, Nitoto's post still proves how a patriarchal set-up of bathrooms means that sometimes dads and grandad's just can't provide the safety they need for their female child while she's using the facilities.
"Protect your daughter," one commenter said. "Globally, we still think dads are not active parents. If we did not, we would make it a universal practice to ensure all spaces (that cater to families) have family restrooms."
We think this dad is doing an incredible job raising his girls and he's raised so much awareness on an issue that'd been rife for decades - dads need the public space to tend to their children too!