Me: “Time for your bath – I’ve got the bubbles all ready for you!”
Princess Nagger: “I do not want to take a bath – I hate taking baths!”
Me: “You used to love taking baths, and you really don’t have a choice – you need to take a bath.”
PN: “I will take a bath after-after-after tomorrow – I will take a bath next year, but I will not take a bath today!“
Me: “You better watch your tone of voice or we’ll start by washing out your mouth with soap.”
Then she stands there, with her arms crossed, her eyes closed and her nose pointing straight at the ceiling.
Me: “Do you need an attitude adjustment? Because I’ll be happy to give you one if you need it.” (Crap! When did I start to sound like my parents?)
Me: “Besides, if you wait until next year to take a bath, you’re going to be really dirty – and smelly. You don’t want to be dirty and smelly, do you?”
PN: … (tapping her foot)
Me: “Get in the tub, now, please.”
PN (walking over to the tub and putting one foot in): “This is all I’m putting in the tub.”
Me: “I don’t think so…you need to put your whole body in the tub, since your whole body is dirty, not just that one foot.”
PN: “I do not want to take a bath!”
Me: “Fine. I’ll drain the tub and you can take a shower instead.”
PN: “Nooooooooooo!!! I do not like showers! I do not like having water on my head…but wait, it’s like having rain on your head, right?”
Me: “Yeah – you like dancing in the rain, why wouldn’t you like showers?”
PN: “Because I do not want to take a shower, I never want to take a shower!”
Me: “Well then get in the tub and take a bath. You have 20 minutes before I come back up here to wash your hair.”
PN: “20 minutes? That’s not very much time to play!”
Me: “If you weren’t refusing to get in the tub you’d have more time…now get in! 1….2….3…”
She plops down into the bubbles, keeping her arms crossed and throwing me a sulky look.
PN: “I am not going to wash myself, I’m just going to sit here like this! Hmmmph!“
Me: “You better watch that attitude or you’re going to be in big trouble!”
Me: “I’ll be back in 20 minutes.”
PN: “Has it been 20 minutes already?”
Me: “Yep, time to wash your hair and get out.”
PN: “Nooooooo! I want to play some more – you didn’t give me enough time!!”
Me: “It wasn’t me who didn’t give you enough time – if you had gotten in the tub when I first told you to, you would have had more time to play.”
I just thought of something – I can incorporate this post into an Aloha Friday moment! Ready?
Welcome to this week’s Edition of Aloha Friday.
“In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.”
My question for this week is:
Is your Bathtub a Battleground? Do you have the perfect routine or fail proof method to convince your kids to take a bath?
Happy Aloha Friday!