When we were starting to potty train the boys we would let them pee outside on the trees up north. They thought it was the coolest thing and really helped to get them excited about potty training. And I'll admit that when we are in a jam, say, at a park with no bathrooms, or on a walk at the lake, and the boys have to go potty I'll walk them over to a bunch of bushes and let them do their duty. Classy, I know, but when a little kid has to go, he really has to go. Plus, peeing outside is part of the bonus of being a boy. Or so I always thought.
Just recently my mom brought my dad over to our house to visit and watch the boys play in their swimming pool. We were all sitting in the backyard enjoying some pink lemonade when Tommy announced that he had to go to the bathroom.
"Come on Tommy, let's go!" I said, leading him to the door. As I turned around to ask mom to keep an eye on the other guys I saw Joey pulling his swimming trunks down.
"Honey, don't pee out here! Come inside with me!" I scolded.
"But, I don't have to pee." Joey said very nonchalant.
"Yes you do! Let's go!" I demanded.
"No I don't!" Joey insisted.
"Well then why are your pants down?" I asked.
Joey looked over at me as he was pulling his trunks back up and said, "I'm just getting some fresh air."