Much of foster parent regulations are written reactively. Some kid needs privacy in the bathroom to feel safe, and maybe their foster parent didn’t respect that, so now, there is a rule that “bathroom locks must be able to be locked from the inside and unlocked from the outside.”
Fine in theory. Who needs antique doorknobs when you have kids?
But, our kids don’t seem to have privacy issues. We affectionately call Carrot “our streaker.” Both girls change with us in the locker room of the Y, and (occasionally and appropriately) change clothes in front of us at home.
Zucchini did, however, lock herself in the bathroom for over an hour when she was upset. And could re-lock that door as quickly as we could unlock it. Even better–the next day Carrot locked herself in the bathroom. The wonderful things we learn from older siblings.
So, when the re-licensing worker came to our house, I was hoping she wouldn’t notice that we haven’t changed the upstairs bathroom lock. And have no plans to anytime soon. I can’t keep her safe if I can’t physically reach her.
Win one for the antique doorknob.