When this mother questions her parenting, she asks Reddit:
Yesterday I took my kids 'hiking' on a nature trail/dog walking path. I was carrying the 2yo and my four year old son was walking.
My 4yo son told me he had to pee, so I told him to pee into the woods. I didn't tell him to actually walk into the woods out of view, because that's dangerous.
He was peeing on a tree when a lady rounded a corner with her dog. She started yelling at me to 'get my kid!' I told her he just needed to pee. She told me that was completely inappropriate. I pointed to her dog and made a 'really' face. She said that's different.
It is different, but not that much. There's no bathrooms out here. Going off the trail is dangerous, especially with the two little kids. She was really mad, so I just took my son's hand (he was done) and pulled him away, ignoring her.
She called me a horrible mother, which hurt my feelings. When nature calls... you know. Is this not normal? It's normal to me. Am I an asshole?
NTA. Peeing is completely natural. This lady needs to get over this. If she has a problem with it, she needs to just turn her head and give the child some privacy as opposed to calling everyone’s attention to it.
YTA. Only part I’m actually annoyed at is that you didn’t walk him into the woods a bit out of site of the path to do his business. Don’t reinforce the behavior that it’s fine for him to just whip it out anywhere and pee.