My 6th-grader came home today complaining that his teacher says no to bathroom requests. As a sub in his district, I know we're actually not supposed to do that, but I also know how disruptive it can be to lessons. So, I tried to coach him about asking during individual seat work time, rather than during instructions or at the very beginning of class. It's what I prefer myself. However, he says she still says no and asks why he didn't go at lunch. (The answer to that would be the kid who steals your food if you leave it unattended. But as she's never been a 12-year-old boy, he can see how she wouldn't think of that.) So, before I risk being seen as a difficult, coddling parent, I'd like to give him some other options. When do you feel is the best time for your students to ask?