Why This Stranger Gave My 3-Year-Old a Bracelet in the McDonald’s Bathroom?

With a toddler in tow, even the simplest daily tasks can prove challenging. With their favorite word being “no,” favorite food group being ice cream and favorite hobby being temper tantrums, it’s a miracle parents even survive these years at all.

Among the slew of challenges that come with a 3-year-old, trips to a public bathroom might just top the list. Those overly sensitive flushing sensors are enough to scare a full-grown adult (or maybe that’s just me)—so for a little tot, that watery explosion can be downright traumatizing.

Tiffany Miller was in precisely this predicament when she stopped to use a McDonald’s bathroom with her daughter in Salina, Kansas. They had quite a long drive home yet to Wichita, and mom knew her toddler would need to use the bathroom in order to avoid relieving herself in the car later.

We all know that a 3-year-bladder old’s is impatient. The little girl, however, refused to go because she was afraid the toilet might flush while she was on it. That’s when a complete stranger noticed the situation and decided to help mom out with a bracelet, a little Snickers bar, and some imaginative generosity.

Tiffany’s viral Facebook post has now inspired thousands of other moms in similar situations. Here’s what she had to say to this bathroom angel in disguise: To the Woman in the McDonald’s washroom in Salina, Kansas:

You heard me pleading with a three-year-old to go to the restroom. You may recall me telling her that we had a long drive home ahead of us and that she needed to use the restroom. You overheard her say she was afraid the toilet might flush while she sat on it. I couldn’t persuade her that I’d disable the sensor and prevent this from happening.

She said she’d be able to hold it and wouldn’t have to pee in the car. Then you took a step forward. You promised her a bracelet in exchange for going potty for Mommy. She consented with a grin. I hurriedly turned to place her on the potty (before she changed her mind).

You told her the bracelet would be waiting outside the stall for her. I turned to say thank you, but you were already gone. Outside the stall was a bracelet and a mini Snickers bar.

Her eyes lit up as she put the bracelet on after using the bathroom. We made it home to Wichita safely and she is currently sleeping soundly next to me…still wearing the bracelet.

Thank you for your kindness! I wish I could have thanked you in person, but maybe you will see this. If not, hopefully it inspires someone else to be kind like you were.

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