Being the mom of boys, I knew the day would come that my kids would want to use the mens washroom while we were out. Mr. J has asked for quite awhile (I think he started asking around the age of 4) but it was never a situation where I was comfortable, and he was more curious - never put up a fight about coming into the women's washroom with me.
Yesterday, my mom took my brother and I, and all the kids (including her, there were 9 of us) out for lunch. The restaurant wasn't very busy, and when my niece had to use the washroom, I said I would take her. Mr. J needed to go also, and so he tagged along. When we got there, the mens/womens were across a tiny hallway from each other. I decided to take that BIG step, and let him go to the mens room. I stood in the women's washroom holding the door open so I would know if anyone went in.
It may seem odd to parents with children that are the same sex, it is not something that would come up. However, this was a big thing for me. I have no intentions of letting him go alone when we are out all the time, but I will start to scope the surroundings and if it is appropriate, then he can.
What about you? How old was your child the first time they went alone to the washroom in a public place?