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Is it OK to let kids pee in public?

Sometimes, when you've gotta go, you've gotta go -- especially when you have a little-kid sized bladder and a perhaps imperfect grip on the potty training concept.

But when it comes to public urination, where do you draw the line? Babble blogger Paula Bernstein was taken aback when a girl who appeared to be around 5 years old peed next to the water fountain in a public playground. She writes:

I know it’s tricky when your kid has to go and there’s not a bathroom in sight. Believe me, I’ve been there. If you happen to be in the woods, feel free to tell your kid to squat by a tree. But if you’re out in public, please make the extra effort to find a bathroom — even if it means packing up your stuff and leaving the playground.

Over at BabyCenter, blogger Betsy Shaw takes a more lenient approach:

I’ve always felt that when the bare bum is tiny and cute enough, it doesn’t really count as a major civic transgression.

What do you think? Is it acceptable for little kids to pee in public?