Going to the bathroom in public places

How should I handle taking my child to the bathroom in a public place?

The answer to your question depends in part on where your child is in the toilet training process. If your child is still wearing diapers from time to time, it might be easier to stick with diapers whenever you’re going to be away from home (unless you’re going to a familiar place with bathrooms designed for young children). It’s too much to expect a child who has barely mastered running to the family toilet to use a public bathroom where he might have to wait in line or sit on a toilet seat that’s very different from anything he’s ever tried before.

If your child is in underwear all the time, don’t put him back in diapers, but do plan ahead for outings. Pack some tissues or wipes in your bag, in case the bathrooms are short on supplies, as well as a change of underwear. And just before you head out the door, try to get your child to sit on the potty or toilet. Don’t say “You have to go to the bathroom before we leave,” because most children will tell you they can’t or don’t need to. Just have your child sit for a few minutes and hope for the best.

When you arrive at your destination, find the bathroom. You’ll want to know where it is before your child needs it, and you’ll want to give him a preview, too. You’ll have extra room if you use the stall for people with disabilities, but the seat may be elevated and your child will need more help.

An adult should always accompany a young child to the bathroom. If you’re a dad on your own with a daughter, you may need to be creative if the public toilet situation isn’t child-friendly. There isn’t a perfect solution: Some dads take their daughter into the men’s room, others will use the women’s room, and others ask a woman to take their daughter into the women’s room. You can ask other dads for advice on what they’ve done in similar situations, but the bottom line is that you – and other adults – need to be flexible so that you can meet your child’s needs.

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People & Places: Bridenstine to speak at drive-in fund-raiser; Botanic Garden wants families to DIG | Lifestyles

Event sponsors include C & G Emanuel Charitable Foundation, Hillcrest Healthcare System, TAB Services, Gable Gotwals Counsel, The Oxley Foundation, TTCU Federal Credit Union, Ruhrpumpen, and Steelehouse Productions.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hospitality House of Tulsa. To purchase tickets, and more information: 918-794-0088, hhtulsa.org.


Tulsa Botanic Garden’s eighth annual D.I.G. — short for Day In the Garden — will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, on the grounds of the garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive.

This family-friendly fundraiser was postponed from earlier this year and rescheduled with a few adjustments for safety.

Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to spread out on lawn areas for picnicking, and watching a Science Show presented by Tulsa’s BAM entertainment and a concert by the Tulsa-based band Hot Toast Music Company. Families will pick up activity kits containing crafts, puzzles and a scavenger hunt families can do in the garden. A photo booth will be set up with a photographer for family snapshots.

The garden will be decorated for their annual Autumn In the Garden, with more than 5,000 pumpkins, scarecrows made by the community, and a hay maze. Families will also be able to explore the two-acre Children’s Discovery Garden and Tandy Floral Terraces.

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Best Places to Shop for Affordable Home Decor Online, According to Pro Designers

When the dream home on our Pinterest boards meets the reality of our bank accounts, we have to get a little creative with our design plans. Even professional interior designers have to work within the constraints of a client’s budget. So to find the best sources for million-dollar decor at a price we can actually afford, we asked those who would know best: the design pros. Here, the interior designers behind the 2020 Real Simple Home (take the video tour here!) reveal their go-to sources for inexpensive (yet stylish) home decor. Let the online shopping commence.

Urban Outfitters

“Urban Outfitters has really developed an amazing home decor collection over the last few years,” says designer Joy Cho. “While they are meant for college students and young adults, the styles are on trend and chic and offer very affordable options when you’re not quite ready to invest in forever pieces just yet.”

What to look for: “They have beautiful and affordable dinnerware sets, modern rugs that are super affordable, and home decor accessories that mix in nicely with what you already have.” 

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a bedroom with a wooden table: modern wood dresser

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“My go-to is Etsy since I’m big on vintage shopping and you can find a huge range of stuff—from vintage grain sacks to be made into pillows to mid-century furniture,” says designer Max Humphrey. “I like that you’re supporting individual sellers and that vintage shopping is a form of sustainable shopping since it’s all about reuse.” 


Brooklyn-based interior designer Kate Hamilton Gray also listed Etsy among her favorites. “You can find really fun custom lighting designs, some are made to order internationally and take a little time to get, but it’s reliable,” she explains. 

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2020 Real Simple Home Office: Custom Handmade Floating Geometric Shelf

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Minted is a go-to source for well-priced art, and even pro designers swear by it. “They make beautiful keepsakes like this beautiful custom art that would make a memorable housewarming or homecoming gift,” says Roxy Te of Society Social. 

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Custom house drawing artwork

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Zara Home

“They have a well curated selection of home accessories that are a great quality for the price,” says Hamilton Gray. “I buy solid linen throw pillows, and smaller decorative items from them a lot.” 

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a bedroom with a bed in a hotel room: Zara Home bedroom with velvet ochre pillows on bed

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Zara Home bedroom with velvet ochre pillows on bed


From pre-used furniture to vintage rugs, eBay is an online treasure trove for home decor. “I think you can find some very affordable items for great quality,” says designer and artist Rebecca Atwood. “For example, vintage linen pillowcases, cool enamel bowls, brass candlesticks, and more.” 

Shop eBay: ebay.com. 


Atwood also recommends this online marketplace of vintage and contemporary home decor. Everything on the site is carefully curated (sorry, no pre-owned IKEA furniture here) so you’re sure to find one-of-a-kind conversation pieces. While prices can get steep, you have the option

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