Excuse Me, Where is Your Restroom for My Kids?

Dear Retailers:

When a frantic mom runs in with a child in hand, we are absolutely not being rude.  We are sorry that you “normally don’t let people use the restroom without a purchase.”  In fact, if you will just excuse us to use your restroom we would be happy to make a purchase afterward.  You see, really it’s up to you.  Either we make that mad dash to your totally off-limits lavatory OR you get to mop.  No mom wants to stop and run into a strange place and HOPE the facilities are clean and that they have enough time to line the toilet.  This is not exactly a trip to Nordstrom’s Rack. This is an EMERGENCY!

So, thank you for taking the time to deliver a monologue and frown at us while the “Tiny Human does the potty dance.  I realize this is a business, but please just let my child do their business.  It’s particularly alarming when we pull into a place that SHOULD be kid-friendly and you stop to say “we don’t USUALLY allow non-patrons to use our restroom.”  Ok, thanks.  This isn’t a USUAL stop for me either, lady. I didn’t want to lose my spot in traffic for this impromptu potty break.  I truly don’t even feel comfortable asking you and putting my child’s needs out in public.  But go ahead and TRY to shame me for having a child with a child-sized bladder.  What you should probably know is that if I see the restroom, we are going ANYWAY! To be fair, I’m not asking for your permission. I’m technically letting you know that I will not allow my child to have an accident and we WILL be using the restroom.  And if I have to make a purchase so be it.  But what is not happening is, my child will not be humiliated at the hands of your insensitivity.

So next time you see a frantic mom with an anxious child asking for the restroom, please just be kind and lead the way.

D'Andra Bradford Odom grew up in Jonesboro, LA. She swore to her parents that she would never live in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas. However, after completing a cooperative education assignment with IBM in Rochester, MN, she bravely returned to Louisiana to plant her roots. D’Andra earned a Bachelors from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA and a Masters from the rival school Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. However, the rivalry only lasts for one Saturday in November, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. D’Andra has a strong passion for public policy, social justice, and cooking. Therefore, it is no surprised that this self-proclaimed foodie met her husband, Chef Brandon Odom while trying a new spot, and ultimately co-founded Odom’s Kitchen (eatwithodoms.com). Together D’Andra and Brandon have two amazing children, Josiah and Corrinne. Josiah is the gentle and compassionate little gentleman. While Corrinne marches to the beat of her own drum. One of the things she loves most about being in Louisiana is providing her children with access to three living great-grandparents. Additionally, D’Andra and Brandon enjoy entertaining friends and family through food and laughs. She considers it an added bonus to be able to share and interact with other moms in the area. As it turns out this North Louisiana native found her roots through love in South Louisiana. A badge she wears proudly.


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