It’s the most discussed topic in home improvement magazines and on parenting blogs everywhere:
Does your home need a kids ensuite bathroom?
The Tunnel presents the thoughts of one Brisbane father who has grappled with the issue.
It’s tough being a kid sometimes.
Like a lot of Australian children, I grew up having to share the one toilet with my parents and brothers and sisters.
The smell after Dad had been in there before me was always pretty rank.
When I became a father, I didn’t want my kids to have to go through the same hardships as me.
Believe it or not, my current family home originally only had two toilets. With four of us in the house, it meant there was always the risk the toilet could be occupied when you needed it.
Both my kids are under 10 and they still haven’t mastered the art of holding on. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve been on the toilet and one of the kids has been banging on the door, going “I’m busting!”
And when my son went for a poo, the toilet he was using could be out of action for up to half an hour!
So, when we were renovating our home again, we knew the most important addition would be an ensuite bathroom for each of the kids.
After all, it’s only fair – if my wife and I can have an ensuite bathroom, why shouldn’t our children?
In the short term, a kids ensuite bathroom means that no one ever has to wait to go to the toilet again.
Later on, when the kids are teenagers, they’ll want time and privacy to explore their own bodies. As we can all remember, sharing a family bathroom interferes with that. I certainly don’t want my son thinking he has to hurry up just because I want to use the shower too.
People say that individual children’s ensuite bathrooms are a waste of money but you could say the same thing about private school education or HBO box sets.
Sure, there’s extra cleaning involved – but even if that means you have pay the cleaner an extra $10 per week, it’s still money well spent.
Everyone needs to use the bathroom so it’s only fair that everyone in the family has a bathroom.
I genuinely believe that, in the future, people will be talking about shared family bathrooms the way we talk about outside toilets or mowing your own lawn.
But not my kids any more.
What do you think? Should every family have a kids ensuite bathroom? And how many?
The Tunnel are satire writers from Brisbane.