For single dads of little girls, or dads taking their daughters out for the day without their mum, it can be a nightmare trying to decide what to do when your child says they need the toilet.
Do you take them into the men’s restroom, or do you ask a stranger to assist them in the women’s toilets? Both options can pose risks, and there’s no easy way of navigating the situation.
While the idea may seem strange at first, Muhammed insists he has a clear set of rules he follows when he takes his daughter to the toilet and he always makes sure to be as respectful as possible to other women using the restroom.
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In an Instagram post explaining his strategy, he 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 bathroom – 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.
“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 setup 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 changed. Not to mention that there are men going in and out while you’re in there.”
Instead, Muhammed carefully navigates the women’s restrooms with his daughters – making sure to announce his presence at all times.
He added: “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. Making sure if someone is inside that they know I am a dad coming in with his daughter and making sure they are comfortable with that.
“Now once inside our stall I still am aware of the door and whenever I hear it open and someone new is coming in, I announce myself again and make sure they know I’m inside with my child so that they aren’t surprised.”
The dad went on to praise women’s bathrooms for being “so much cleaner” than men’s, and said his decision was influenced by his desire to “protect” his daughter as much as possible.
He said: “Women’s bathrooms are so much cleaner and setup perfectly just in case they have children.
“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 daughters from all things that aren’t for them, and the men’s bathroom is 100% one of those things.”
And Muhammed has been praised for his actions online, with many people saying he navigates the situation perfectly to make sure everyone involved feels safe.
One person wrote: “I think it’s wonderful and you are doing it the right way and very respectfully.”
While another said: “I think it’s great you are protecting your girls. I wouldn’t be offended at all if I saw you enter with your daughters.”
And a third added: “I applaud you and get it, yet at the same time I’ll say a man in the women’s bathroom could be triggering.
“However, the way you do it by announcing and explaining would take away any anxiety I’d feel so for me, I say welcome and awesome parenting!”
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