12 Most Important Reasons Boys Need To Pee In The Woods

12 Most Important Reasons Boys Need To Pee In The Woods

Sometimes, mothers (not fathers!) are horrified to discover that their young boys are quite content to skip the whole “come inside to use the bathroom” deal, and just unzip and let ‘er rip in the woods. Such a reaction is hardly warranted, however – boys pee in the bushes or in the trees just as certainly as night follows day. Here’s why you should just go with the flow.

1. It’s natural

Have you ever seen a toilet growing in the wild? Didn’t think so.

2. It’s efficient

It’s important for all kids to learn optimal resource utilization at a young age. Not only is the young fellow saving time by cutting out a round trip indoors, there is also significant water savings. The planet will thank you.

3. It’s fun

You’ll never see a boy (even the adult kind) scowling during this activity. If you catch them in the act, you’ll see a smile curling across their relieved face.

4. Boys need to break the rules

Save any hissy fits for acts of vandalism or arson. Encourage good bathroom behavior, but nobody gets hurt sprinkling the ground. Except the odd anthill now and then.

5. Dogs do it

You know – marking territory. Let the kid leave his mark. It’ll evaporate soon enough!

6. It’s a teachable moment

A life lesson on the water cycle, without introducing plumbing concepts. What’s not to like?

7. Boys aren’t sterile

Gross, dirty, and uncivilized are three important words in the development of a young male. A quick pee in the woods gives vent to his inner slob. Leave at least some civilizing work to his future spouse.

8. It’s one less set of tracks in and out of the house

There’s enough stuff to clean up. Just think what you might be avoiding here – mud, ticks, dried worms…

9. The “drippies” stay outside

Would you rather have them on the bowl, or worse, on the toilet seat?

10. It’s part of the “code”

Boys have an unspoken code. It involves setting small fires with a magnifying glass, stomping on ants, and taking a free-range whiz when there’s a chance you might get caught. It’s genetic.

11. It’s early military training

Boys are fascinated with things that shoot. Practice is more fun when not confined to oval porcelain receptacles.

12. It’s the call of the wild

We live in a far too civilized world. The woods beckon. And kids need to respond with a bit of wildness to the call of nature!

Every boy needs some space. Bathrooms are pretty confining places. So if your kid lets it fly outside here and there, just turn the other cheek. And smile with him.

Featured image courtesy of Melissa Wise licensed via creative commons.

Steve Woodruff

http://stevewoodruff.com

Steve Woodruff is the Connection Agent. An entrepreneur and marketer, he specializes in building opportunity networks that bring together trusted people and businesses through a win-win referral model. He also serves as a "brand therapist" for those seeking to understand their professional identity and message. Steve is very active on social networks, and is also the co-founder of Leadership Chat (Tuesday nights on Twitter).

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49 comments
JoeCascio
JoeCascio

@swoodruff I never saw that post before, Steve. Well done. It's also why little boys grow up to become golfers. :) @alliworthington

dabarlow
dabarlow

ROFL! Thank You for putting a smile on my face.

dad4five
dad4five

I would add that the training one could be expanded to include lessons for future drinking in the woods.

carbarab
carbarab

I'm married to a boy who pees in the woods. (We live in the woods.) You should mention that writing one's name in the snow is a good distraction from the stresses of work-at-home. (In case you're wondering, his name only has four letters, and he's still working on perfecting the technique.)

BobbyClubbs
BobbyClubbs

Fun stuff here. My son calls this "pee like a dog." Usually, this occurs for us when we are on a long car trip and there is no rest stop in sight.

StephRWong
StephRWong

lol this is funny but I wonder what the reaction would be if it were about girls... not too funny then I'm guessing hah

MeghanMBiro
MeghanMBiro

Quite the post we have here brilliant Steve. This is a male boy human behavior manifesto for certain. I think your words are spurring new innovation as I write. Some of the best ideas are found from hanging outdoors. Travel is good for the soul - even if only in your backyard.

Enjoyable read. Thanks for being you!

lgail
lgail

Define, woods. A tree in the cul-de-sac? Not okay. Remote camping with the family? All in...On the subject of boys, I learned a new term this week, "crop dusting." Next up - 12 Most Efficient Environments for Proper Crop Dusting? Ew.

JohnFeskorn
JohnFeskorn

Growing up, I can remember we used to have contests to see who could "pee" their whole name in the snow...Please note: I did say "growing up", will not define age bracket :) Cheers! John

John Falchetto
John Falchetto

Agreed and I agree with @MySpinPlates my daughter also pees outdoors. For many of the same reasons you listed.

Oh and pee is sterile actually (unless you have a massive infection), until it stays on the ground and starts to smell :)

highballsport
highballsport

:-))) I never thought this may be an interesting topic to read about. And yet... :-)

zenpundit
zenpundit

@iannarino Only 12 reasons? I was with 200 cub scouts in the woods today fr ome kind of camp jamboree day.I can assure you, there's more.

Foulkbiz
Foulkbiz

As a mother of 3 boys, I can relate. My first born son was potty trained by age 2 or so we thought. Living in the jungles of Costa Rica was a boys paradise and peeing in the woods is an understatement. It was trickier back in the states we soon discovered. While visiting the Grandparents, my son decided the plants in the far corner of the sunroom was a good place to pee!

MySpinPlates
MySpinPlates

With a boy and a girl and a big love of hiking/camping, it was important that both my kids learned how to pee outside. It's harder to teach a girl, but she caught on.

djwaldow
djwaldow

Gotta be careful though. When I was 16, my buddies and I drove from Rochester, NY to Myrtle Beach, SC. We left late at night and had a lot of coffee. Long story short, we had to pull over to "pee in the woods" if you will somewhere in PA. The gas station we stopped at did not have a public restroom and the next closest was 5 miles up the road. We could not wait. Hit the alley. All the sudden, we hear, "Hey. What are you doing? Come on out of there."

PoPo.

Lucky we didn't get arrested.

SteveWoodruff
SteveWoodruff

Had to pull over on the Pennsylvania Turnpike yesterday for a quick visit to the trees when the rest areas simply weren't conveniently placed. After a refreshing free-range whiz, it was fun realizing that all those strangers whizzing by knew exactly what the deal was....!

TheJackB
TheJackB

It is a blessing from god not to have to be confined to the inner throne.

BoundlessJen
BoundlessJen

Great job! I have a bush in my yard I'm trying to kill so all the boys know where to go when the urge hits. ;)

danielnewmanUV
danielnewmanUV

Can we include 6 foot 200 lb boys in this equation? I don't think this ever changes.

I love this post though - it is sort of a great metaphor to so many things (I'll let you all decide to what individually)

Steve, thanks for a bit of humor to end my week. Cheers!

iannarino
iannarino

Mothers are often more horrified to discover that the oldest child living under their roof, not only encourages this behavior, but is also an active participant.

SteveWoodruff
SteveWoodruff

Boys aren't sticklers for definition (or privacy). We have a great video of one of our sons, in much younger years, just dropping the bathing suit and letting it fly right on a public beach. @lgail

SteveWoodruff
SteveWoodruff

"Woods" can have multiple meanings - your results may vary! :>}

SteveWoodruff
SteveWoodruff

@iannarino It's called Mentoring. Modeling. Important male involvement in making sure the next generation is suitably prepared.

StephRWong
StephRWong

@BobbyClubbs I think everyone would agree that peeing in the woods or in the public should be left to the boys haha.

lgail
lgail

Luv when toddlers pitch soggy diapers and take off nekked down the beach!...I have sisters, but remember my son's first time. Didn't think he would make it inside, so told him to go in the bushes. Shock, then sheer delight :) @SteveWoodruff

TeriLizakowski
TeriLizakowski

@danperezfilms Just realized--90+pple got blown away in Oslo ystrday. I was ripe 4 something really off-the-wall silly. #timingiseverything

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