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Mom doesn't want to clean up after two humans

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I have wonderful in-laws. They don't meddle or criticize and are generally cool people to be around.

After the birth of our first child in March, they've come from out of state to stay with us a few times. However, I have an issue that I really have no idea how to approach.

My father-in-law is getting on in years, and it seems he does not have the ability to hit the toilet reliably when he urinates.

Amy, I understand that aging comes with all its indignities, but is it too much to expect him to sit down to pee?

Ideally, he would realize the problem and have the decency not to pee onto our bathroom floor. But of course that isn't the case.

Although I'm a woman, I also guess that there may be a whole host of underlying psychology stuff that happens when a man is no longer able to stand up to pee.


The bottom line is: I don't have the time or energy to be cleaning up someone else's urine! Doing it for one human is quite enough.

I've thought about passing this off to my husband to handle, but as a matter of personal growth I'm trying to stop avoiding conflict as I've done in the past.

Any ideas?

-- Pissed Mom


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