Going to the toilet is one of those things which is synonymous with privacy.
Parenting , on the other hand, isn’t.
Once the apples of your eye come into this world, your time, personal space and money are no longer your own to luxuriate in or spend.
As wonderful as kids are, they simply don’t understand the importance of sitting on the loo aimlessly scrolling through Instagram.
The fact they want to be around you even when you’re having a bowel movement is, in a strange way, a compliment.
Still, that doesn’t make it any better.
So if you’re fed up of your little ones bursting in mid-motion, take a leaf out of this mum’s book.
Shared to Facebook page Practical Parenting , the rules are the sort of thing most parents can relate to.
These begin, “if mom is in the bathroom, you are not allowed to…
1. Knock, unless the house is on fire or someone is bleeding and/or dead.
2. Scream questions at me if the shower is running! HOT TIP! I CAN’T HEAR YOU!
3. Wait for me within inches of the door and then yell at me when you get slammed in the face like it’s my fault.
4. Slip me notes of any kind, especially the ones with those check boxes. Ask yourself this question before knocking: Can I survive the next two minutes with mum?
These rules certainly resonated with parents.
One mum wrote: “This is the reason I don’t bother shutting the door to the bathroom anymore.
“My two year old can’t seem to be without seeing me for longer than a minute. And honestly the cats are just as bad.”
Kids AND cats – take note.