$2,500 Ticket for Toddler Peeing in His Own Front Yard?

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About Joanna Schroeder

Joanna Schroeder is the type of working mom who opens her car door and junk spills out all over the ground. She serves as Executive Editor of The Good Men Project and is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on sites like xoJane, hlntv.com, and The Huffington Post. Joanna loves playing with her sons, skateboarding with her husband, and hanging out with friends. Her dream is to someday finish her almost-done novel and get some sleep. Follow her shenanigans on Twitter.

Comments

  1. Hank Vandenburgh says:

    Yes. And he clearly needs to go on the sex offender registry as well.

  2. The officer later amended the complaint to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    I can see the banner headlines now “Potty Training Contributes To Juvenile Delinquency”.

    Come back Dr Spock – all is forgiven!

  3. My son (at age 4) did that on the cement floor at the pool ….I was so embarrassed…but then a staffer just came by with a bucket of water and doused the area…and then went back to whatever he was doing…

    The other parents didn’t say anything….I think we have all been there!

  4. Joanna Schroeder says:

    Another reason I wouldn’t make it on Real Housewives of Beverly HIlls:

    http://www.okmagazine.com/videos/kyle-richards-slams-brandi-glanvilles-parenting-you-dont-whip-out-your-penis

  5. wellokaythen says:

    Tell everyone it’s performance art or a political protest (the body is political, you know), and thus the ticket is a violation of your son’s first amendment rights. If campaign contributions count as free speech, then urinary contributions should count as well.

  6. wellokaythen says:

    Oddly enough, if the woman was changing her son’s diaper in the front yard, it would not be public urination. And, you can pee your own pants in public and that’s not a crime. So, it’s okay as long as there’s cloth in the way?

  7. Before I even read this–which I will–I just have to ask: was I the only one who found the scandelous undertone in “Joanna Schroeder can’t believe it didn’t happen to her first” way too funny?

    Ok, one second.

  8. Joanna, I really love your writing in this piece. You really painted this issue (of toddlers peeing–who hasn’t done this) as ridiculous as the policeman in Oklahoma took it: it could’ve been anyone of us.

    I enjoyed this. I enjoyed the “Who’s Kid is That?” game too.

  9. John Anderson says:

    Maybe it’s just men because I’ve never had kids, although I’ve babysat before, but I always thought that potty training was supposed to teach the kid to use the toilet.

  10. Why should this be public urination? Isn’t the front yard a part of their estate and hence private?
    I get that the front lawn is visible from the outside, but so is every room in the apartment I live, does this mean I would have to cover behind curtains every time I use the bathroom or change clothes?

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